KC Diocese Sued Over Priest's Photos of Child

6 years 6 months 1 week ago Friday, June 03 2011 Jun 3, 2011 Friday, June 03, 2011 4:49:00 AM CDT June 03, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

KANSAS CITY (AP) - A federal lawsuit filed on behalf of a young girl accuses a Kansas City priest of taking pornographic pictures of her and claims the Roman Catholic diocese tried to cover the matter up.

The priest, 45-year-old Shawn Ratigan, is jailed in Clay County on $200,000 bond on three counts of possessing child pornography. He has pleaded not guilty.

The lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court in Kansas City accuses Ratigan of possessing and producing pornographic photos of the girl. It also alleges that Bishop Robert Finn possessed child porn because the diocese kept images found on Ratigan's laptop computer in December until giving it over to police late last month.

Attorneys for the alleged victim contend the diocese knew about Ratigan's behavior since 2006 but did nothing about it.

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