‘Douche du Jour’: Robert Finn, Catholic Bishop of Kansas City, Charged for Concealing Priest’s Child Pornography from Police
The Catholic Bishop of Kansas City has been charged with failing to report images of child pornography found on a priest’s computer to police.
The Associated Press reports that Robert Finn is now the first American bishop criminally charged with protecting a pedophile clergyman. Finn has admitted to knowing for five months about hundreds of child pornography images found on Rev. Shawn Ratigan’s computer but failing to inform police about the crime. He wasn’t the only one– other diocese officials were aware of the sickening crime as well but hid it from authorities.
Finn, along with the Kansas City-St. Joseph Catholic Diocese, have been charged with one count of failing to report suspected child abuse. Both have pleaded not guilty.
Shockingly, the charge against Finn is only a misdemeanor. Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker sought to downplay the significance of the seemingly light nature of the charge. The fact that Finn is only being charged with a misdemeanor “should not diminish the seriousness” of the accusation, she told the AP. “Now that the grand jury investigation has resulted in this indictment, my office will pursue this case vigorously because it is about protecting children. I want to ensure there are no future failures to report resulting in other unsuspecting victims,” she added.
Finn has denied doing anything wrong. The bishop says he is working on improving his diocese’s reporting policies, but said nothing about stopping child-raping or pedophile clergymen.
The bishop has admitted that St. Patrick’s School principal Julie Hess warned him more than a year ago that Rev. Ratigan was behaving inappropriately around children, taking suggestive photos of them and allowing them to sit on his lap and fish for candy in his pants. Monsignor Robert Murphy, the vicar general of the diocese, then had a chat with Ratigan about what is and isn’t appropriate behavior towards children.
Seven months after that, a computer technician found hundreds of pornographic images of children, including a series of photos of a female toddler with her genitals exposed.
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