February 03, 2005

Priest suspended after child porn arrest


By Susan Schrock
Star-Telegram Staff Writer

The Dallas Catholic Diocese has suspended a Grand Prairie priest indefinitely after he was arrested for reportedly possessing child pornography on his church computer.

Father Matthew Bagert, 36, was arrested Wednesday morning at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on NE 17th Street, two days after the diocese contacted Grand Prairie police that he had child pornography on his computer.

Bagert was released from the Grand Prairie Jail on $20,000 bond.

Bronson Havard, spokesperson for the diocese, said Bagert was consulting an attorney Thursday and was declining interviews.

Bagert was ordained in 1997 and has been the church's pastor since 2001, Havard said. The diocese had received no previous complaints about him, Havard said.

"This was a shock for all of us," Havard said.

Posted by kshaw at February 3, 2005 06:26 PM