DA will not file charges against Topeka priest accused of child sex crimes

WIBW [Topeka KS]

April 23, 2022

By Sarah Motter

The Shawnee Co. District Attorney said he will not file charges against a Topeka priest who had been accused of child sex crimes.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says it has completed its investigation in the case against Father John Pilcher for alleged sexual abuse of a minor and has submitted the findings to the Shawnee County District Attorney’s Office.

The findings were given to District Attorney Mike Kagay’s Office in February, however, the office made the decision to not file charges in April.

The DA said after a complete review of the investigation’s findings, his office decided not to charge Pilcher.

Pilcher was suspended from his post at Mater Dei Parish in late September after charges were filed pending the results of the investigation.

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