Matthew Barnett leaves courthouse
The criminal case against the highest-ranking Catholic official in the U.S. to be charged with shielding an abusive priest is poised to reach a surprisingly swift end. Jackson County, Mo., prosecutorsMore >> Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn was found guilty of failing to report abusive priest to state authorities. A Jackson County judge acquitted him of a second similar charge.More >> The Missouri attorney general's office says it has no power to reopen an investigation into allegations that two teenage girls were sexually assaulted by some boys at a party in 2012.More >> A Missouri woman says she and her family never stopped cooperating with investigators in the alleged sexual assault of her daughter, despite a county prosecutor's statement to the contrary.More >> State Sen. Kurt Schaefer is suggesting Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster could open an investigation into an alleged sexual assault in northwest Missouri. Schaefer said Wednesday that an independentMore >> Nodaway County Prosecutor Robert Rice asked a judge to appoint a special prosecutor to looking into the alleged sexual assault case that put Maryville, MO, in the national spotlight.More >> A northwest Missouri circuit court clerk says Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker has been picked to investigate a Maryville teen rape case that has gained national attention for the way it wasMore >> Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said she is honored to have been tapped as the special prosecutor in a high-profile rape case in northwest Missouri.More >> The Missouri Attorney General's office has no power to reopen a northwest Missouri rape case, a spokeswoman said Tuesday, despite the pleas of a mother who says justice was denied when prosecutors droppedMore >> The Missouri Attorney General's office has no power to reopen a Maryville rape case, a spokeswoman said Tuesday, despite the pleas of a mother who says justice was denied when prosecutors dropped charges against teenage boys her 14-year-old daughter said sexually assaulted her and a 13-year-old friend.More >> A young woman accused a classmate of sexual assault, and that is when she says her family came under attack. It got so bad, the family says they were forced to move from their Missouri town.More >> A young woman accused a classmate of sexual assault, and that is when she says her family came under attack. It got so bad, the family says they were forced to move from their Missouri town.More >> Federal prosecutors are seeking a 50-year prison term for a Roman Catholic priest who admitted taking pornographic photos of children.More >> The Rev. Shawn Ratigan expressed remorse for taking sexually explicit picture of young children in his parishes, but he said Thursday that he shouldn't get 50 years in prison. A judge disagreed.
The Kansas City area Catholic Diocese and Bishop Robert Finn face misdemeanor charges for the handling of a priest accused of possessing child pornography. This is the first time a bishop in the United States has faced charges for allegedly protecting an abusive priest. Finn and the diocese deny the allegations.