Missouri man accused of giving kids phones to watch porn

4 years 9 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, June 10 2015 Jun 10, 2015 Wednesday, June 10, 2015 5:13:00 PM CDT June 10, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY (AP) - A former youth volunteer at a Catholic parish in Kansas City is accused of encouraging children to watch sexually inappropriate material on cell phones he gave them.

Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd said Wednesday that 30-year-old Anthony R. Snyder is charged with promoting obscenity and sexual exploitation of a minor. Zahnd says Snyder's accused of encouraging boys to view sexual material on cell phones and computers he provided.

Online court records don't list a lawyer for Snyder, who has no listed phone number. He's being held on $200,000.

Zahnd said Snyder was a youth ministry volunteer at St. Therese Parish in Platte County from 2006-2008.

Archbishop Joseph Naumann said in a letter to parishioners Wednesday when the church was told May 13 about Snyder's "suspicious behavior" officials reported it "immediately."

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