KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Much of the case against Bishop Finn rested on what he knew and when he knew it. This is a timeline of how court records say the events unfolded.
Detectives believe Father Shawn Ratigan took the pictures during separate incidents spanning from 2005 to 2011. The pictures show girls some as young as two years old.
Read the probable cause statement here: http://bit.ly/M6yImQ
Police reports show a technician working on Ratigan’s laptop first discovered those graphic images.
According to the probable cause statement, that IT worker returned the computer to the church and told church officials what she found.
December 17, 2010
The following Sunday on December 17, 2010, Ratigan didn’t show up to say 8:30 a.m. Mass. Church leaders and EMS workers found Ratigan in his home with his motorcycle running in his garage with the garage door closed. Court documents also show they found a suicide note where Ratigan wrote he was sorry for the harm he had cause the church, kids and his family.
Ratigan was hospitalized for psychiatric care and according to court records, the Diocese made a copy of the images on the computer and then released it to his family who destroyed the laptop.
January 2011-May 2011
Ratigan lived at a Priest residence in Independence. The Bishop ordered Ratigan to stay away from cameras, children and computers.
May 13, 2011
The Diocese contacted the KCMO Police department and turned over those images to Detectives.
May 18, 2011
Police arrested Ratigan. Read the original federal indictment here: http://bit.ly/MfuBjG
A grand jury indicted Bishop Finn and the Diocese with violating the state’s mandated reporter laws.
Ratigan pleaded guilty to four counts of producing child pornography and one count of attempting to produce child pornography in Federal Court.
Ratigan still faces child pornography charges in Clay County court.
Read the evidence presented at Finn's trial on Sept. 6 here: http://bit.ly/NWsF0c
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