Kansas City sentencing date set for priest in child porn case

03/27/2013 5:43 PM

05/20/2014 10:41 AM

A judge announced Wednesday that he will sentence the Rev. Shawn Ratigan in September, more than a year after the Catholic priest pleaded guilty to producing child pornography.

Ratigan pleaded guilty in August to using five girls to produce or attempt to produce child pornography over several years while serving as pastor to congregations in the Northland and St. Joseph. Prosecutors have said they plan to seek a “virtual life sentence” when Ratigan is sentenced Sept. 12.

Charges against Ratigan rocked the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, eventually leading to lawsuits filed by families of the victims and the conviction last year of Bishop Robert Finn on a single misdemeanor count of failure to report child abuse.

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