Former St. Joseph Priest Sentenced to 50 Years for Child Pornography
St. Joe Channel
September 12, 2013
A former St. Joseph priest has been sentenced to 50 years in prison, more than 2 years after being charged with possessing child pornography.
Shawn Ratigan received the sentence this afternoon in Federal Court in Kansas City.
Ratigan, who had worked at St. Mary's church in St. Joseph, was charged in May of 2011 after police found a flash drive containing hundreds of images of children.
Prosecutors say he photographed girls in and around the churches where he worked.