Diocese responds to charges filed against former youth volunteer


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KANSAS CITY, Mo. —Announcing sexual exploitation charges against a former youth volunteer at a Catholic parish in Kansas City, Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd made a point of saying how cooperative the Kansas City-St. Joseph Catholic Diocese has been in the investigation.

Anthony R. Snyder is accused of encouraging boys to look at pornographic materials on cellphones and computers that he provided or altered in a way that they could receive them.

Snyder who has been a youth athletics coach, also worked as a youth ministry volunteer at St. Therese Parish from 2006-2008. Last spring, Snyder had been a confirmation sponsor for a teenager at Holy Family Parish. He had previously been a sponsor for another student at St. Therese.

Prosecutors said he met at least two of his victims at church.

Archbishop Joseph Naumann sent a letter to parishioners at St. Therese and the Holy Family parishes. He said the pastor at the church was first informed of suspicious behavior involving Snyder last month.

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