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Priest: Found porn, lewd letter to boy in rectory

Priest testifies to finding porn, lewd letter to boy in rectory; offending priest transferred By The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) ' Several Roman Catholic priests have testified in a landmark clergy-abuse case, and one says he found pornography and a lewd letter to a boy in the rectory.

The priests are prosecution witnesses in the trial of the longtime secretary for clergy in the Philadelphia archdiocese. Monsignor William Lynn is charged with endangering children by allegedly helping the church hide abuse complaints.

Father Joseph Okonski told jurors Wednesday that he found a box of pornographic magazines and videos in another priest's room in 1995.



Okonski says he informed his pastor, who did nothing. But he says he called the pastor's supervisor after finding the sexually explicit letter.

The priest left the parish, but another witness says the priest was soon transferred to his rectory, with no limits on his ministry.


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