KC Priest Faces Federal Porn Charges

9 years 1 month 1 week ago Tuesday, August 09 2011 Aug 9, 2011 Tuesday, August 09, 2011 3:29:00 PM CDT August 09, 2011 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

KANSAS CITY (AP) - A Kansas City area Catholic priest faces federal charges for producing child pornography.

U.S. Attorney Beth Phillips said Tuesday that a federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted The Rev. Shawn Ratigan on 13 counts, including six counts of producing child pornography. Phillips said the five alleged victims range from age 2 to 12.

Ratigan has earlier been charged in Clay County with three counts of possessing child pornography and is jailed on $200,000 bond. He has pleaded not guilty to the Clay County charges.

Ratigan, who is 45, has also been accused in a separate federal lawsuit of taking pornographic pictures of a girl from 2006 to 2010.

Ratigan's lawyer for the Clay County charges said he could not immediately comment because he had not seen the federal indictment.

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