Suspended US priest to serve 8 years

2013-01-03 16:32

Pittsburgh - A suspended Pittsburgh-area priest will serve more than eight years in prison for collecting thousands of images of child pornography on his computer, books and compact discs.

The sentence the Reverend Bartley Sorensen received on Wednesday was more than the five-year mandatory minimum he sought but less than the 10-year maximum he faced.

The 63-year-old Roman Catholic priest was arrested by Allegheny County authorities in December 2011 after an employee at St John Fisher Parish in Churchill noticed him looking at a photo of a pantsless young boy on his computer.

Federal officials took over the investigation after a computer search turned up thousands of child pornography images, some of them sadomasochistic.

Sorensen pleaded guilty in May.

At his sentencing, he expressed remorse to everyone but the young boys depicted in the pornography

  • abner.mophethe - 2013-01-03 16:57

    no wonder so many people stay away from church on sundays

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-01-03 17:13

      News 24 is feeding the religious trolls again I see...

  • Fezile Ntontela - 2013-01-03 17:01

    just wonder if the priest was Black wow!! you can imagine the racist comments that would have followed ,

      morgaenart.farto - 2013-01-03 17:07

      You're a well-balanced individual... A chip on each shoulder.

  • greggail.garnie - 2013-01-03 18:05

    There is something seriously wrong on a number of levels: lack of effective screening of candidates to the priesthood, weak human formation, lack of supervision in parish life. Even a parish priest needs to answer to someone in the parish or else they build these little kingdoms of abolute authority and are totally unaccountable to the parishoners. Bring back the married deacons who supervised the priests in the early church and kept them in check. These are family men who have a better grasp of the worldly realities and the dangers of an unsupervised, unaccountable, celibate, priest.

  • Eliya Thulani Tembe - 2013-01-03 18:26

    It's not that all priest are working for God but Satan slaves that want to turn churches into some sort of illuminati nests.

      kimsaiyanprincess.murison - 2013-01-03 20:49

      - This is such an dumb comment. It gave me brain cancer just reading it. I'm sure Satan made you post it to annoy other people.

  • goldd.goldfinger - 2013-01-03 18:36

    It seems these stories are here to stay,.. you have to wonder when God will step in..The priests watching child porn in God's House... what a shame, morality from religion NOT..

  • butinyana.tjamela - 2013-01-03 20:19

    This days it seems the world is going to the end for the people we runing to for help are the worst ones.*big shame*

      tshatiswa.mhlonitshwa - 2013-01-04 03:57

      its really bad for the kidds to use internet for the nasty things it is unacceptable

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