|Churchill Priest Arrested on Child Pornography Charges
By Jill King Greenwood
December 10, 2011
A Roman Catholic priest was arraigned today on charges that he possessed and viewed more than 100 images of young boys engaged in sexual activity on a computer housed in his church office, according to an arrest affidavit.
Father Bart Sorensen, 62, of St. John Fisher Church in Churchill, was charged with possession of child pornography after a church staff member caught him viewing images on Friday, the affidavit states.
Sorensen was ordered held in the Allegheny County Jail on $100,000 unsecured bond and will be evaluated by the jail's behavioral clinic on Monday, officials said.
The Diocese released a statement this afternoon that said Sorensen had been removed from active ministry and placed on administrative leave.
"The viewing of pornographic images involving children is a disturbing and criminal act. The Diocese of Pittsburgh is cooperating to the fullest extent in the investigation of this incident," according to the statement, which was issued by the Rev. Ron Lengwin, spokesman for the diocese. "Please keep in your prayers all victims of the tragedy of sexual abuse."
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