Catholic Priest Who Installed Hidden Camera in Church Bathroom Has Fled the Country


This is the hidden camera found in the church bathroom. Sneaky… Image: Friendly Atheist

Remember Father Ysrael Bien, the Catholic priest who allegedly snuck a hidden video camera into the bathroom at St. Francis Catholic Church in Sherwood, Oregon?

By Hemant Mehta|Friendly Atheist

A 15-year-old boy discovered the camera in an electrical socket earlier this year. When his parents contacted Bien, he told them he had already gone to the police (a lie) but they needed more evidence (also a lie). Turns out the church deacon wasn’t even made aware of the situation, much less local law enforcement officials.

The family later pressed Bien for a copy of the police report, saying they would ask the authorities for it directly if he didn’t comply. That’s when he confessed. Kind of.

According to Bien, he had taken the video camera out of the bathroom himself, discovered there was no memory card inside of it (sure…) and, oh, by the way, the camera was now missing.

The church put Bien on leave while the police conducted an actual investigation. That story went public in July.

Where are we now?

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