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Piller pleads guilty to indecent assault

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Sentencing for former Minsi Trails Scoutmaster set for December

Catasauqua resident Stephen Piller, a former Scoutmaster with Minsi Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America, has pleaded guilty of sexually assaulting three teenage boys.

The incidents allegedly occurred in his Catasauqua home and at Camp Trexler. Camp Trexler is in Monroe County, but all of the charges against Piller were handled in Lehigh County.

Sentencing is scheduled for December.

According to Deputy District Attorney Matthew Falk, Piller pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor counts of indecent assault Aug. 22 before Judge James Anthony. There was a charge of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, a more serious charge, but that charge was dropped as part of the plea process.

The assaults began in 2008, according to court documents. The investigation began in March 2017 on a complaint filed by the county’s Children and Youth Services division.

The district attorney arrested Piller in August of 2017.

According to the investigation, it was discovered Piller had allegedly invited boys to his Catasauqua home after Scout meetings. The sordid details were part of the district attorney’s testimony. Piller did not take the stand.

Piller’s attorney, Michael Moyer, noted Piller has no criminal record. He was a Scoutmaster for a decade and was awarded various citations for his Scouting leadership during his tenure.

Piller was released on bail while awaiting his sentencing.

Minsi Trails banned him from Scouting in 2017 once it received the charges.

At the sentencing hearing, the Scout victims, who are now adults, will have a chance to present their statements to the judge.