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SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Thursday, May 19, 2011

KC priest arrested for child porn, SNAP responds

Statement by Peter Isely of Milwaukee, national board member of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (414-429-7259,[email protected])

Kansas City Catholic officials have a lot of explaining to do about why they kept these allegations and suspicions quiet for months, and why they gave this accused sex offender priest’s computer to his family instead of to the police.

We hope that every person who had seen, suspected or suffered any wrongdoing by Fr. Ratigan contacts law enforcement, and we hope they reach out to independent sources of help, not church officials.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 23 years and have more than 10,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, [email protected]), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, [email protected])

Posted on Thu, May. 19, 2011 02:15 PM

Priest charged with possession of child porn

By GLENN E. RICE - The Kansas City Star

Clay County authorities today charged a 45-year-old priest with three counts of possessing child pornography.

Shawn Francis Ratigan of Kansas City, North, was arrested by Jackson County deputies on Wednesday. He was taken into custody at the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Eucharist on Noland Road in Independence.

Bond was set at $200,000. Officials with the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph could not be reached for comment.

According to court records, Kansas City police were notified on Dec. 16 that a local priest had been having problems with his laptop computer and that a computer repair technician found multiple images of what appeared to be child pornography.

The computer was turned over to the local church diocese for review.

The following day, Ratigan failed to show up for 8:30 a.m. mass and church officials went to his residence to check on him, court records stated.

Church officials and emergency workers found Ratigan unconscious. Ratigan was hospitalized for psychiatric care.

The computer and other items had come from Ratigan’s apartment in the 3800 block of North Forest Avenue in Kansas City, North.

The church diocese made a copy of the images found on the laptop and released the laptop to Ratigan’s family, who destroyed it.

On Friday, detectives reviewed the disk and found photos taken from a digital camera and cell phone. They discovered that the images were taken around the churches and schools Ratigan had been associated with.

Police said they have identified several minor females who were photographed and are interviewing them.

A church in St. Joseph, where he had previously worked, turned over a desktop computer to detectives this week. Detectives found similar images on that computer, according to court records.

Each count of the charge is punishable by up to seven years in prison. To reach Glenn E. Rice, call 816-234-4341 or send e-mail to [email protected].

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