Priest Sentenced To Five Years After Being Caught With Thousands Of Images Of Child Pornography 

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A priest has been investigated after he left Nude pictures of himself on a Missouri church printer, according to The Kansas City Star. The discovery caused an internal investigation into his devices. 

A St. Louis private technology company discovered footage of 12 underaged children conducting sexual acts after reviewing one of the devices from the church. The company informed the church, and the FBI was later requested to investigate. 

On May 25, 2021, the FBI got a search warrant nearly a week after the explicit photos were discovered on the printer, officials say. 10 of the priest’s devices were searched by investigators and they discovered over 6,000 inappropriate photos showcasing

“child sexual abuse.”

There were also

“two graphic PowerPoint presentations”


On Jan. 10, the priest, James T. Beighlie, 72, was sentenced after he pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of child pornography, says the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Missouri. 

According to reports, the graphic PowerPoint presentations were made back in 2009 as it has been revised more than 200 times and it was last accessed in 2015. The PowerPoint contained a plethora of slides loaded with

“child erotica.” 

Officials say they also discovered files that contained child pornography on other devices. Beighlie confessed to having child porn from the web between May 2008 and May 2021. The priest has been instructed to spend 5 years behind bars as well as

“pay $4,750 in restitution to an affected child and pay $22,000 in special assessments that will be divided among other victims,”

reports The Kansas City Star. Once he is released, be will be supervised for the remainder of his life. 

A minor wrote in a letter to Matthew T. Schelp, U.S. District Judge,

“It’s depressing and sickening to know that people were looking at images and videos of my online sexual abuse when I was a little girl and that they were getting pleasure from it – my abuse.” 

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