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Police to reopen investigation into claims of child pornography against priest

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St. Paul police announced Tuesday that they have reopened an investigation into whether a Catholic priest downloaded child pornography.

The Star Tribune reports, that St. Paul police spokesman Howie Padilla said new information obtained Friday has led them to reopen the case. Padilla said police received new information including a copy of computer files once belonging to the priest. Padilla indicated that officials from the Ramsey County attorney's office met with police on Monday.

Minnesota Public Radio reports, the archdiocese announced on Tuesday they will fully cooperate with the investigation.

The top leaders in the archdiocese debated about whether the material found fit the legal definition of child pornography.

Allegations about the priest went public last week in a St. Paul courtroom, in a separate case.

A former lawyer for the archdiocese, Jennifer Haselberger last week claimed that she reported the priest to Ramsey County officials after the church leaders failed to do so. Haselberger resigned in April.

According to an Associated Press report, in an e-mail Haselberger said she raised concerns with her superiors in 2008 and again in 2012.

Padilla declined to comment on whether police would investigate the archdiocese on obstruction of justice.

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