Kansas City-St. Joseph Priest Pleads Guilty to 5 Federal Child Porn

While his bishop continues his Quixotic effort to show that the images Fr. Shawn Ratigan possessed when he was arrested last year were not pornography, Ratigan himself plead guilty today to five charges of child pornography.
According to the Associated Press, “Under terms of the plea deal, Ratigan pleaded guilty to four counts of producing child pornography and one count of attempting to produce child porn. Eight other counts against Ratigan were dismissed.”
Ratigan was facing a trial later this month while Bishop Robert Finn is scheduled for trial in September relating to charges that he failed to inform law enforcement of suspected child abuse.