KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph employee who said in a deposition that Bishop Robert Finn's response to nude pictures found on a priest's computer was reportedly "boys will be boys" has recanted that statement, according to her attorney.
Julie Creech, the IT director for the diocese, described confronting Finn after finding pornographic images of young girls on Rev. Shawn Ratigan's computer in a deposition in a civil case earlier this month. But on Friday, her attorney said she had "misspoken" in the following statement:
The statement Julie Creech attributed to Bishop Finn during her deposition that “boys will be boys” is not consistent with her recollection of any conversations she had with the bishop concerning the Shawn Ratigan matter. Following the deposition, Julie realized she had misspoken. She understood that pursuant to the rules of civil practice, she would receive a copy of the deposition transcript and have the opportunity to acknowledge and correct her mistaken testimony. Because the deposition was so recently completed, Julie has not yet had a chance to do that, so we were certainly surprised to learn that an unverified copy of her testimony was attached to a pleading in a civil case.
The civil case alleges that Ratigan continued to abuse a girl even after the diocese found out about the photographs.
Both Finn and the diocese were charged with the two misdemeanor counts for failing to report that they suspected Ratigan of child abuse in October 2011. They will be tried on September 24.
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