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Priest who served in MO & IL pleads guilty to child porn charge

By AP/KWMU

Chicago, Ill. – A Catholic priest who has served in Missouri and Illinois pleaded guilty Tuesday to possessing child pornography.

Rev. Daniel Schulte, 53, faces 10 years in prison for having the images on his computer. He was not accused of having sex with any child.

He had been a chaplain at a hospital near Chicago and also served at St. Vincent DePaul parishes in Perryville and Cape Girardeau, Mo. He now lives at a priests' residence, Lazarist Residence, in south St. Louis County where he and his Internet activity are monitored.

"We're grateful that Fr. Daniel Schulte has pleaded guilty, and we're grateful to the federal prosecutors who pursued this case," said David Clohessy, of the victims' group SNAP, in a statement. "We suspect that he has hurt other kids, and we hope they'll find the courage and strength to come forward, get help, and contact the police."

Schulte's plea agreement says the images he had include girls and boys younger than 12 years old and some involve material that portrays sadistic or masochistic acts.

Schulte also faces a maximum $250,000 fine when he is sentenced September 14th.

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