William Steven Albaugh, 67, a deacon at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church on Belair Road in Baltimore was busted for possessing numerous files of child pornography. The deacon was busted thanks to Verizon Fios, who found the porn loaded onto their cloud storage service. Not only is he a pervert, he’s a really dumb pervert.
Albaugh saved the images of children in various sexual acts on his Verizon account and thumb drives. Detectives began investigating Albaugh after Verizon Online notified the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that Albaugh, a subscriber, had stored images of children engaged in sexual acts on the online cloud storage system, police said. Albaugh told police he has viewed child pornography since the 1970s, when he would go to adult bookstores in Baltimore, according to charging documents. Even though Albaugh saved the images to his computer he informed police he would never harm a child.
In a statement released by The Archdiocese of Baltimore, parishioners were informed that Albaugh was immediately suspended:
Dear Parishioners, Earlier today, the Archdiocese of Baltimore learned that Deacon William Albaugh, 66, was arrested this morning on a charge of possession of child pornography by the Baltimore County Police Department. Albaugh, a permanent deacon assigned to St. Joseph Church in Fullerton, was ordained in 1996 and has spent his entire ministry at St. Joseph. The Archdiocese immediately suspended Mr. Albaugh’s diaconal faculties prohibiting him from all public ministry. The Archdiocese is working with St. Joseph Parish to inform the parish community. Neither the parish nor the Archdiocese has received any prior allegations against Mr. Albaugh, who successfully fulfilled all of the child & youth protection requirements of the Archdiocese, including a criminal history screening.
Albaugh was released on $75,000 bond and the investigation is continuing.