Thursday, October 01, 2009

bad news heads up

Child porn warrant out for Canadian bishop

OTTAWA (UPI) -- An arrest warrant has been issued for a missing Canadian Roman Catholic bishop accused of having child pornography on his laptop computer.

Details emerged Thursday about Bishop Raymond Lahey, 69, who was charged Sept. 25 by Canada Border Services Agency staff at the Ottawa airport when he returned from the United States, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

"During the examination a CBSA officer found images on his laptop computer that were of concern," said Ottawa Police Constable J.P. Vincelette.

Lahey was the bishop for the Antigonish diocese in Nova Scotia until he announced his resignation Saturday in a letter posted on the diocese Web site saying he needed time for "personal renewal," the National Post reported.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police told the CBC Lahey had been in telephone contact with Ottawa police, but his whereabouts weren't known.

Earlier this year, Lahey expedited the settlement of a $15 million lawsuit against the diocese by parishioners who claimed sexual abuse by priests dating back to 1950, the CBC said.

Copyright 2009 by United Press International


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