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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Report: Federal grand jury continues to look into Shawn Ratigan case


Shawn Ratigan, a Northland priest, has been indicted by federal grand jury on child-pornography charges, but it appears that jurors are continuing to look into the case, the Star reports:

The topic and target of the grand jury probe are unclear, however a similar panel in U.S. District Court has appeared to focus on Ratigan’s conduct. The Star’s sources suggested that authorities now are concerned with how the Catholic hierarchy handled Ratigan’s alleged misdeeds.

A spokesman for the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office declined to confirm or deny the possible existence of a grand jury exploring the Ratigan case.

The diocese isn't saying much, but it notes that it has been cooperating fully with police as they investigate.


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