|Father James Grady Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography
March 30, 2010
KSDK -- A St. Louis priest pled guilty to possessing child pornography on Wednesday morning, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Father James Patrick Grady will be sentenced June 25.
According to court documents, while Father Grady was priest at St. Rafael Parish in St. Louis, the parish purchased him a laptop computer.
During a sex sting investigation last summer, Father Grady was asked if he had any child pornography on his computer and he said he had looked at it on his computer, but never downloaded it. Investigators said they searched his computer and discovered more than 100 images of girls between 7 and 17 years old engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
Back in July, Father Grady was picked up along with two others by the FBI in an undercover sex sting. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Father Grady responded to an Internet ad put online by undercover agents. The agents informed Father Grady that there were two females and sent him a picture of a made-up 16-year-old girl. Grady asked about the cost of the child and set up a meeting.
When Father Grady arrived at the agreed upon location, he met an undercover officer, and asked to see the girls, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Grady was arrested by the FBI, St. Louis County Police and the Maryland Heights Police. After his arrest, Grady admitted that he intended to have sex with the girl.
Additionally, Grady is charged with a forfeiture count, which, will require the forfeiture of property that was used to facilitate the criminal activity. As part of his plea, Grady agreed to forfeit his Toyota Camry.
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