Investigation of Kansas City priest finds more computer images of a child

Kansas City StarJuly 6, 2011 

Additional images of a child have surfaced in an investigation of a priest charged with possessing child pornography.

Kansas City police found the images on a computer at an Independence priests’ residence where the Rev. Shawn F. Ratigan was living before being charged, documents show.

During his time at the residence, Ratigan had been instructed by the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph to stay away from children and not to have access to computers and cameras.

A search warrant request filed in Jackson County Circuit Court in June shows that Kansas City police examined two guest computers at the Vincentian Parish Mission Center on May 20.

Kansas City police spokesman Darin Snapp confirmed on Tuesday that a search warrant had been carried out but said he could provide no further details.

“The only thing we can say right now is that we received information that there was some evidence here in Jackson County,” Snapp said.

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