Catasauqua Press

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Piller case moves to common pleas

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Stephen Piller, of Catasauqua, a previous Scoutmaster with Boy Scouts Minsi Trails Council, appeared before Magisterial District Judge Michael D’Amore Dec. 14. His case was forwarded to Judge James Anthony in the Lehigh County Common Pleas Court.

On Aug. 24, Piller was accused of exposing himself to Scouts and inappropriate sexual contact during private sleepovers he held in his Catasauqua home and during outings at Camp Trexler in Monroe County. Three alleged victims of sexual assault were interviewed by Lehigh County Detective Andrew Millen.

Millen said he believed the victims’ statements had credibility and released his findings to Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin. According to the complaint, Piller befriended one Scout and bought him clothes and equipment. The boy said things got physical when he stayed at Piller’s home. The boy contends the sexual behavior occurred often between 2012 and 2015.

A second boy accused Piller of taking indecent photos and fondling him when he slept.

The charges against Piller are involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and five counts of indecent assault, according to the district attorney’s office. The first charge is a first-degree felony; the others are misdemeanors.

Piller is free under a $100,000 bond.

From the outset of this case, Piller denied all charges. After the session with D’Amore, Piller’s attorney, Michael Moyer, said his client continues to deny all charges.

Piller’s investigation began in mid-March with a notification to the district attorney from the county’s Children and Youth Services division. Piller has no criminal record. He has been affiliated with the Scouts for more than a decade and was listed as an adviser. In 2013, he was awarded an Owl Award for his outstanding service to Minsi Trails Council.

A tentative date in Lehigh County Common Pleas Court is set for Jan. 23, 2018.