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  • Priest pleads not guilty

  • The Catholic priest charged with possession of child pornography has pleaded not guilty.

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  • The Catholic priest charged with possession of child pornography has pleaded not guilty.
    Shawn Francis Ratigan, 45, of Kansas City, North, who was living at the Vincentian Mission House next to the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Eucharist convent on Noland Road in Independence, was arrested Wednesday by Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies and charged in Clay County court with three counts of possessing child porn.
    Police said Ratigan took pornographic photos of young girls around churches and schools where he had worked in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.
    Ratigan appeared in court through video conference, not in person, a court spokesperson confirmed Monday.
    He is scheduled to be back in court June 16 and remains in custody on $200,000 bond.
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