Police reopen investigation of Minn. priest's porn

Associated Press
Frank Meuers looks through a folder than contains all his information and correspondence with the Archdiocese, outside the headquarters of the Catholic Church in St. Paul, Minn. Monday afternoon, Oct. 7, 2013 after a news conference presented by SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. Meuers came forward and for the first time publicly told how he was abused by a priest, Rudolph Henrich, while a youngster in Golden Valley. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Jeff Wheeler) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES TV OUT
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Police in St. Paul have reopened their investigation of an old case of a priest and pornography that has shaken the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Spokesman Howie Padilla (puh-DEE'-uh) said Tuesday that police got new information that warranted a new look at the case.

The case first surfaced internally in 2004 when a citizen who bought the priest's computer at a church rummage sale turned its hard drive over to church leaders. But police weren't told until a former employee uncovered records and brought them to police this year.

The priest's attorney says his client downloaded adult pornography — not child pornography. And church leaders say it wasn't clear the pornography was illegal.

But their handling of the case has come under criticism.

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