Child porn linked to St. Ann Parish in Independence

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - Authorities have taken four computers from a Catholic parish office in Independence after determining child pornography had been downloaded on the parish's unsecured Wi-Fi address.

A spokeswoman with the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph said an investigation began when authorities discovered two child pornography downloads from peer-to-peer websites on Feb. 5 with an IP address from the church's rectory.

Carrie Cooper, the Director of the Office of Child Protection with the Diocese, said all the computers and electronic storage devices have been taken from the building.

Independence police referred questions about the investigation to the Jackson County prosecutor's office, which declined comment Tuesday.

The parish office's Wi-Fi address wasn't password-protected, meaning people nearby could have used the parish's connection to download the material.

Church officials said the Diocese is cooperating with the investigation.

The Associated Press contributed to the report.


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