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March 26, 2013

Authorities seize computers from parish office in Independence

Detectives told parish officials that they detected two downloads of child pornography from peer-to-peer websites by an IP address associated with the parish office.

Federal and state authorities today seized four computers from the office of St. Ann Parish in Independence.

Detectives told parish officials that they had detected two downloads of child pornography from peer-to-peer websites by an IP address associated with the parish office, said Jack Smith, spokesman for the Catholic Dioceses of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

The downloads occurred between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m. on Feb. 5, Smith said he was told by detectives.

The office, at 10113 E. Lexington Ave., had an unsecure WiFi connection, Smith said, meaning the downloads could have been made by a computer in the parish office or nearby.

Smith said the computers will be analyzed to determine whether any of the material was downloaded onto them.

The warrants were executed shortly after noon.

No arrests have been made.

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