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April 25, 2013

St. Louis priest indicted for child porn possession

A Roman Catholic priest from St. Louis has been indicted on federal child pornography charges.

A Roman Catholic priest from St. Louis has been indicted on federal child pornography charges.

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday announced the indictment of 36-year-old William F. Vatterott. Authorities allege that Vatterott possessed at least two images of an unidentified nude boy on his computer.

Vatterott has served at churches in Ballwin and St. Cecilia Parish in the city of St. Louis. He was placed on administrative leave in 2011 after a complaint was filed with Ballwin police.

At the time, a church official said two teenagers reported incidents of inappropriate correspondence. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Vatterott was also accused of involvement in underage drinking and “other inappropriate behaviors.”

The Archdiocese of St. Louis said in a statement Wednesday that it is fully cooperating in the investigation.

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