Prison for inactive priest who had child porn

Prison for inactive priest who had child porn

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Timothy Murray Timothy Murray

DETROIT (AP) -- An inactive Roman Catholic priest in the Detroit area has been sentenced to nearly 16 years in prison for possessing and distributing child pornography.

Federal Judge Victoria Roberts says the public needs to be protected from Timothy Murray, although the punishment Thursday was below the 22-year sentence sought by prosecutors.

Agents in 2012 found child pornography on seven computers at Murray's Novi home.

He was removed from a Livonia parish in 2004 after authorities learned that he had molested an altar boy in the 1980s. Murray was never charged because the statute of limitations had expired.

Murray has no duties as a priest, but he's never been formally removed from the priesthood. Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron says he's taking that step. The Detroit Archdiocese has been paying Murray's health insurance.

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