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St. Paul police say archdiocese covered up priest's child porn stash

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There will be no charges against a priest on child pornography, because St. Paul police say, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis covered it up.

The Pioneer Press reports, that criminal charges will not be filed against the priest, because evidence was withheld by the archdiocese. That information came to light in a police report that was discussed in Ramsey County court on Thursday.

Minnesota Public Radio reports, that Jennifer Haselberger, a former attorney for the archdiocese, said some of the images appeared to show boys as young as 12 engaged in sex. The report says that Haselberger claims that Rev. Peter Laird, the vicar general for the archdiocese, at the time, told her to hand over the pornographic images.

Haselberger called authorities anyway. However, the officers with the St. Paul Police Department were not able to find the child pornography that she had reported, despite multiple reviews of the three disks of evidence that were handed over by the archdiocese.

Laird announced his resignation on Thursday the same day that St. Paul attorney Jeffrey Anderson presented evidence that Laird and other officials knew a priest was in possession of child pornography.

A Star Tribune report, says Anderson points to a police report that implies the archdiocese destroyed the evidence.

The Pioneer Press report says, that Haselberger knew the archdiocese had hired Richard Setter & Associates, a private investigation firm to look into the accusations. The report indicates that a forensic expert found 2,300 images, including those of a young boy performing oral sex on another male.

However, the report says though the attorney for the archdiocese, Tom Wieser, declined to provide the written documentation to police.

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