Priest Found Dead

By: Kelly Sparks
By: Kelly Sparks

A retired Roman Catholic Priest who admitted molesting three boys in 1995 is found beaten to death in his Lexington home.

Seventy-eight-year-old Joseph Pilger pleaded guilty to sexual abuse in 1995 for abusing three kids, all younger than the age of 15.

The kids were serving as altar boys at the parish in the sixties, while Pilger was their priest in Morganfield.

Earlier this year, Pilger was named in a sex-abuse lawsuit against the dioceses of Lexington and Covington.

The death is being investigated as a homicide. No arrests have been made.

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