ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Police in St. Paul have reopened their investigation of an old case of a priest and pornography that has shaken the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
Spokesman Howie Padilla (puh-DEE'-uh) said Tuesday that police got new information that warranted a new look at the case.
The case first surfaced internally in 2004 when a citizen who bought the priest's computer at a church rummage sale turned its hard drive over to church leaders. But police weren't told until a former employee uncovered records and brought them to police this year.
The priest's attorney says his client downloaded adult pornography — not child pornography. And church leaders say it wasn't clear the pornography was illegal.
But their handling of the case has come under criticism.