Kansas City bishop charged over alleged porn cover-up

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Posted: Oct 14, 2011 3:13 PM
Kansas City bishop charged over alleged porn cover-up

KANSAS CITY, Mo (Reuters) - Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn has been charged with failure to immediately report suspected child abuse involving pornographic images on a priest's computer, officials said on Friday.

According to Jackson County prosecutors, Finn, 58, became aware of child porn images on the laptop of Shawn Ratigan in December 2010 but failed to appropriately notify police or state child abuse authorities for five months.

The Diocese of Kansas City-St Joseph was also charged on the same misdemeanor count. Both the diocese and Finn have pleaded not guilty to the indictment, which was handed down October 6 but announced Friday.

(Reporting by Kevin Murphy; Additional reporting by Andrew Stern; Editing by Mary Wisniewski and Jerry Norton)