Former St. Louis Seminarian Is Accused of Trying to Receive Child Pornography

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 14, 2011

A former Roman Catholic seminarian at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary has been accused of attempting to receive child pornography through the mail.

Nickolas Eugene Pinkston, 40, of Warrensburg and whose name is also spelled Nicholas in court files, was indicted Wednesday in federal court in Kansas City, Mo.

Officials allege Pinkston tried to receive child pornography between May 10 and Oct. 24, 2010. The alleged crime happened after Pinkston was dismissed from seminary Jan. 10, 2010, when church officials learned he was involved in a relationship with an adult woman, according to the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Pinkston, who also apparently uses the name R.A. Manfir, began seminary in 2007 and served at Ascension, Our Lady of the Presentation and St. Ambrose parishes.

The archdiocese said it is not aware of any inappropriate behavior in connection of any of his work at the parishes. Officials said he was responsible for leading confirmation classes for children.

Federal prosecutors are also seeking the forfeiture of a laptop computer and hard drive.

If convicted of the charge, Pinkston could face five to 20 years in prison.


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