St Joe Priest Sentenced To 50 Years For Child Pornography

Posted 2 years ago

By John P Tretbar

Shawn Ratigan

Shawn Ratigan

A Catholic priest from St Joseph has been sentenced to fifty years in prison for taking pornographic photos of children.

The Rev. Shawn Ratigan, 47, pleaded guilty just over a year ago to five counts of producing or attempting to produce child porn. The plea covered one count for each of the five victims. He was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Kansas City.

Ratigan’s case led to charges against Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City & St Joseph Robert Finn. Bishop Finn was convicted on charges of failing to report suspected child abuse. He is the highest-ranking U.S. church official to be convicted of a crime related to the child sexual abuse scandal.