Yakima Priest Investigated for Child Porn Now in St. Louis

December 24, 2006

St. Louis (AP) _ The Archdiocese of St. Louis is taking criticism today for failing to disclose that a priest once accused of possessing nude photos of boys is now working in St. Louis.

The assignment to St. Louis of the Reverend Darell Mitchell was defended by both the archdiocese and by his former employers at the Diocese of Yakima in Washington state.

Mitchell was in Yakima in 2003 when he was accused of having nude pictures of boys on his computer. He was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing.

Still, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, says the archdiocese was wrong in welcoming Mitchell, and in failing to alert parishioners of the allegations against him.

Mitchell declined an interview request but says he was falsely accused.


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