Ex-grand Prairie Priest Pleads in Child Porn Case

By Nathaniel Jones
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
April 28, 2009

A 40-year-old former Grand Prairie Catholic priest pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of possession of child pornography in a Dallas federal courtroom, according to a news release from acting U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks for the Northern District of Texas.

Matthew Bagert, who currently lives in Richardson, faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to the release. He will also be required to register as a sex offender.

Bagert is scheduled to be sentenced on July 20, before U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay, according to the release.

On Feb. 1, 2005, Grand Prairie police executed a search warrant at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church after an associate priest saw Rev. Bagert viewing an image of a young, nude boy on the rectory computer, according to the release.

Bagert admitted that he had used the Internet to find the images, according to the release.

The case against Bagert was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a 2006 nationwide initiative to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse, the releases stated.

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