A Baltimore County church deacon is in hot water after being slapped with a child pornography charge.
Police arrested William Steven Albaugh, 67, at his residence on Friday morning on one count of possession of child pornography. He was later released on $75,000 bond.
The investigation reportedly began in January after Verizon Online notified the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that a customer had stored questionable pictures on one of its cloud storage systems.
On Friday, police executed a search warrant at Albaugh’s home and discovered images of child pornography on thumb drives.
Albaugh is a deacon of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Fullerton.
The Archdiocese of Baltimore issued a prepared statement saying that Albaugh was ordained in 1996 and has spent his entire ministry at St. Joseph’s.
“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 and youth protection requirements of the Archdiocese, including a criminal history screening.”