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Feds seek 8-10 years for former priest in child-porn case



Published: Tue, September 4, 2012 @ 2:05 p.m.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Federal prosecutors in western Pennsylvania want a suspended Roman Catholic priest to serve eight to 10 years in prison for possessing and receiving thousands of child pornography images he viewed on his church computer.

A sentencing memo filed Sunday requests an above-minimum sentence for the Rev. Bartley Sorensen because his searching for and acquisition of child pornography lasted at least a decade.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Sorensen’s attorney has requested the mandatory minimum of five years.

Sorensen was arrested in December after an employee at Saint John Fisher Parish in Churchill noticed him looking at a photo of a young boy on his computer. A search turned up thousands of images.

Sorensen pleaded guilty in May. His sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 13.


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1JudyJones(148 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Thankfully Fr Bartley Sorensen will be kept away from children for a long time. It is deceptive for anyone to say that Sorensen did not harm a child. Viewing, possessing, distributing, or creating child porn is hurting kids. The children in the photos are being sexually abused, therefore it is harmful and a serious crime.

We hope that anyone who may have knowledge or who may have been harmed by Sorenson will have the courage to contact the police, not the church officials. The law enforcement are the proper officials to be investigating crimes against kids.

Also keep in mind your silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.
Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511
snapjudy@gmail.com
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests,)

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2southsidedave(4841 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

A man of the cloth using the church computer to commit sins...

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