Priest Downloading Porn

DALLAS (AP) - A former Grand Prairie priest accused of downloading child pornography after a fellow cleric searched his computer has pleaded guilty to a federal charge.

Matthew Bagert, faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000 when he is sentenced on a charge of possession of child
pornography. His plea agreement was filed Friday.

The state originally charged the 40-year-old but his case was dismissed in 2006. A judge ruled a fellow priest at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church broke the law when he searched Bagert's
church computer without consent.

State prosecutors then turned the case over to the U.S. Attorney's office. Bagert was indicted in federal court in November on charges of downloading four sexually explicit photos of boys.


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