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KC Bishop charged for not bringing porn to police
Kansas City Bishop charged for not bringing pornography found on priest's computer to police
By The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) ' Kansas City's Catholic Bishop is facing a criminal charge for not telling police about child pornography that was found on a priest's computer.

Kansas City-St. Joseph Catholic Diocese Bishop Robert Finn pleaded not guilty Friday to one count of failing to report suspected child abuse.

Finn has acknowledged that he and other diocese officials knew about hundreds of "disturbing" photos of children on a computer used by the Rev. Shawn Ratigan for five months before Ratigan was charged, but did not take the matter to police. Ratigan has pleaded not guilty to several child pornography charges.



Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker says Finn had "reasonable cause" to suspect a child had been abused after learning of the images and should have alerted police according to state law.


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