Churchill Priest Arraigned on Additional Child Porn Charges

By Michael Hasch
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
December 14, 2011

A Roman Catholic priest who was arrested last week for possession of child pornography was arraigned on Tuesday on new charges. Investigators said they found thousands of additional images and videos in his church office and bedroom.

The Rev. Bart Sorensen, 62, of St. John Fisher Church in Churchill remains in the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond to await a preliminary hearing scheduled next Tuesday on charges of sexual abuse of children for possession of child pornography.

The charges do not mean that Sorensen approached or had any inappropriate contact with children.

The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh immediately removed Sorensen from active ministry and placed him on administrative leave after being told that a church staff member caught him Friday morning viewing pornographic images of young boys in his church office.

Allegheny County Police arrested Sorensen that day, saying he admitted viewing more than 100 images of young boys posing nude or engaging in sex.

The new charges were filed on Monday when an examination of three compact discs seized from the rectory revealed more than 5,000 images of child pornography, a criminal complaint states.

Police then conducted another search of Sorensen's office, bedroom and sitting room and found thousands of images and pictures along with some movies of child pornography, the complaint states.

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