FBI investigates possible child pornography at Catholic church - KCTV5

FBI investigates possible child pornography at Independence church

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INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) -

The FBI is investigating an Independence Catholic church following what they say were two downloads of child pornography.

Police have taken the hard drives of about four computers from St. Ann Catholic Church, located at 10113 East Lexington Ave. A state warrant was carried out at the rectory, a building next to the church where a priest lives.

A spokesperson for the Diocese of Kansas City - St. Joseph said authorities told them there were two child pornography downloads connected to the church's IP address.

Authorities say the downloads were done on a peer-to-peer file sharing website between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. on Feb. 5 from an unsecured WiFi site at the church.

"We cooperate fully with law enforcement's investigation and once that investigation is concluded, if there is any involvement with someone that's a volunteer or an employee of the diocese in anyway, then our investigation begins," said Carrie Cooper, the director of the Office of Child Protection and Safety with the Diocese of Kansas City - St. Joseph.

The child protection and safety office is relatively new and was formed in light of previous abuse cases.

Independence police say a federal task force is handling the investigation and is being assisted by the FBI.

The diocese did note that the church has an open wireless connection that could have been accessed by anybody nearby, so authorities will have to conduct a forensic examination of the computers before they can determine who exactly downloaded the pornography.

Police have made no arrests and no employees have been put on administrative leave at this time.

The church holds a daily mass at 8 a.m.

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