February 08, 2005

RC priest downloaded internet child porn

ic Liverpool

Feb 8 2005

By Sarah Chapman Daily Post Staff

A ROMAN Catholic priest who downloaded child porn on the parish computer was yesterday ordered to start a sex offender treatment programme.

Father Denis McNamara, 59, pleaded guilty at Liverpool Crown Court to making 1,644 indecent images of children.

Nigel Power, prosecuting, told the court McNamara, the parish priest at St Teresa's Church in Devon Street, St Helens, confessed he had been viewing the images.

The court heard that on January 29 last year, McNamara contacted the child protection co-ordinator for the Archdiocese because he was filling in a form for the Criminal Records Bureau and was under the false impression that the police would be aware of what he had been doing.

Posted by kshaw at February 8, 2005 07:45 AM