Priest Charged with Possessing Child Pornography

By Kevin Cole, Jason Kuiper
Omaha World Herald
October 2, 2004

A Catholic priest on administrative leave was charged Friday in Knox County, Neb., with two counts of possession of child pornography.

The Rev. Jay L. Kruse, 50, was charged by County Attorney John Thomas with possessing visual depictions of sexually explicit conduct.

Deb Collins, a spokeswoman for the Nebraska State Patrol, said investigators determined that material found on a computer at St. Wenceslaus Parish in Verdigre was child pornography.

Kruse, released on a $ 10,000 bail, is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 14.

The Rev. Gregory Baxter, chancellor of the Archdiocese of Omaha, said there have been no complaints of sexual abuse against Kruse.

The State Patrol alerted the archdiocese in August of an investigation related to computer equipment at St. Wenceslaus.

Kruse was placed on administrative leave Aug. 2 by Archbishop Elden F. Curtiss and will remain so pending the outcome of the case.

Kruse was ordained in Omaha in 1991 and was pastor of St. Wenceslaus and a mission church in Niobrara from 2002 to June of this year.

He then moved to St. Patrick Church in O'Neill. Kruse also served as president of the O'Neill Catholic Schools.
Prior to that, he worked at various parishes in the archdiocese, Baxter said.


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