Pittsburgh Priest Faces More Child Porn Charges

December 14, 2011

PITTSBURGH -- A Churchill Catholic priest is facing more charges of possessing child pornography after police said they recovered CDs containing thousands of additional illicit images.

The Rev. Bartley Sorensen, 62, was arraigned Tuesday after police said a search of his church office on Monday turned up additional images and videos. Investigators said they also found 5,000 pictures on three CDs taken from his office at the St. John Fisher Church during a search last week.

Police said a church employee called a child abuse hotline after allegedly seeing Sorensen viewing child porn images on Friday.

The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh suspended Sorensen and said it's cooperating with the investigation.

Sorensen is being held at the Allegheny County Jail.

Two national organizations are now seeking action from Bishop David Zubik.

The Chicago-based Survivors Network of Those Abused By Priests and the Dayton-based National Survivor Advocates Coalition are both demanding changes.

Both groups want Zubik to stop promoting the diocesan abuse hotline and instead visit churches where Sorensen worked and ask witnesses, whistle-blowers and victims to contact police instead of church officials.

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