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Police reopen investigation of Minn. priest's porn

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AMY FORLITI and PATRICK CONDON | October 8, 2013 07:57 PM EST | AP

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Police in St. Paul have reopened their investigation of an old case of a priest and pornography that has shaken the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Spokesman Howie Padilla (puh-DEE'-uh) said Tuesday that police got new information that warranted a new look at the case.

The case first surfaced internally in 2004 when a citizen who bought the priest's computer at a church rummage sale turned its hard drive over to church leaders. But police weren't told until a former employee uncovered records and brought them to police this year.

The priest's attorney says his client downloaded adult pornography — not child pornography. And church leaders say it wasn't clear the pornography was illegal.

But their handling of the case has come under criticism.