Police Reopen Child Porn Case against St. Paul Priest

October 8, 2013

[with video]

St. Paul police said the department is reopening a closed child pornography investigation involving a priest in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

According to our media partner, Minnesota Public Radio, police closed the case looking into allegations of child pornography found on computer files once belonging to the priest for lack of evidence.

However, circumstances changed after a Hugo man gave police files which came from a computer that once belonged to Shelley, MPR reported.

"I would guard against guessing or assuming or leaping to the fact that reopening an investigation means that charges are imminent. It doesn't," said St. Paul Police spokesperson Howie Padilla. "I would guard against saying that charges are not imminent. It doesn't mean that either. What it means is we have new evidence and we have more questions than answers."

In a written statement the Archdiocese responded, "We will cooperate with any investigation, as we have cooperated since the outset."








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