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- Pope: Stopping child sexual abuse key to 'credibility' of
Catholic Church - Judge could order Leesburg child porn suspect to pay for
Pope: Stopping child sexual abuse
key to 'credibility' of Catholic Church
Pullella, Reuters Fri Apr 5, 2013
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis
wants the Catholic Church to "act decisively" to root out sexual abuse of
children by priests and ensure the perpetrators are punished, the Vatican said
Francis, in a meeting with the Holy See's doctrinal chief,
Archbishop Gerhard Mueller, had declared that combating sexual abuse was
important "for the Church and its credibility", a statement said.
inherited a Church mired in problems and a major scandal over priestly abuse of
children. It was believed to be the first time he had taken up the issue of sex
abuse with a senior member of his staff since his election on March
order Leesburg child porn suspect to pay for own attorney Friday, April
5, 2013 LEESBURG, Fla.
A man who the Florida Department of Law
Enforcement said downloaded the most child pornography in the state of Florida
was denied bail Friday morning.
Officers said John Shearen had more than
500,000 images and videos at his home in Leesburg.
He was arrested
Thursday, on his 51st birthday, at his home in the Lakeside Pointe apartment
complex, FDLE said.
Agents said they identified Shearen last month while
monitoring child porn websites, and they caught him at his computer Thursday
morning as he was downloading more videos....
"We were able to seize
anywhere from 500,000 to 1 million images and videos. They were stored on
several computers and external hard drives to actually being transferred from
the computers to separate DVDs, and he has a DVD collection of child
pornography. So, we have a lot of work to do. Those initial cases will be
charged today," said Special Agent Jeff Duncan.
Agents said Shearen
admitted his crimes....
Shearen faces 20 counts each of distribution and
possession of child porn, but agents said there may be more charges filed as the