April 07, 2005

U.S. Attorney's Office Ends Investigation of Priest Accused of Downloading Child Porn


Eyewitness News has learned U.S. Attorney Donald Washington is filing a bill of information, officially announcing his office's intention of ending its investigation of Father Jules Arceneaux, an Acadiana priest who was under investigation by the FBI for allegedly downloading child pornography onto a computer at Arceneaux's church in Arnaudville.

Washington writes:

We have completed our investigation and have determined the evidence collected is not sufficient to meet the prosecutable standard of this office and this type of case.

The problem, according to federal prosecutors, is that in order to secure a conviction for child pornography, prosecutors need to be able to prove the downloaded images in question are in fact children.

And, those efforts in this case were not successful.

Posted by kshaw at April 7, 2005 07:12 PM