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St. Paul police reopen investigation into pornography found on priest's computer in 2004

Police in St. Paul, Minn., have reopened their investigation of an old case of a priest and pornography that has shaken the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Spokesman Howie Padilla (puh-DEE'-uh) said Tuesday that police got new information that warranted a new look at the case.

The case first surfaced in 2004 when a citizen who bought the priest's computer at a church rummage sale turned its hard drive over to church leaders.

The priest's attorney says his client downloaded adult pornography — not child pornography. And church leaders say it wasn't clear the pornography was illegal.

But their handling of the case has come under criticism, including from a former church lawyer who said they should have done more.

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