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Continued: St. Paul police reopen investigation into priest, child porn

  • Article by: TONY KENNEDY , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 8, 2013 - 11:17 PM

Dennis Gerhardstein, a spokesman for Ramsey County Attorney John Choi, said the office hasn’t made any decisions yet over whether to seek search warrants. “We don’t have a case presented to us yet,’’ Gerhardstein said. Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said his office is also looking at the case.

Two issues in the criminal investigation involve the legal definition of child pornography and statutes of limitation for a case that started in 2004. Asked whether St. Paul police would seek help from federal agents or other law enforcement agencies, Padilla said, “We are going to be as complete as possible.’’

Haselberger could not be reached for comment. She issued a statement Saturday calling on Nienstedt to permit an external investigation of all clergy files kept by the archdiocese in a vault. She said Nienstedt should then make public the list of sex offender priests and anyone else who could pose a threat to children.

 

Star Tribune staff writer Dan Browning contributed to this report. Tony Kennedy • 612-673-4213

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