Palm Beach County Priest Accused of Showing Kiddie Porn to Teen Boy

A West Palm Beach priest was arrested for obscenity after police claim he showed child pornography to a teen boy from his parish.

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies said the priest showed a 14-year-old boy child pornography on his cell phone after Mass on Sunday.

According to an arrest report, the man asked the boy to help him delete files off his phone. The two allegedly met after the service and the boy found an estimated 40 pornographic images of young boys between the ages of 10 and 18 on the man’s phone.

The boy told police he gave the phone back to the man and immediately told a friend. Word of the incident travelled back to the boy’s father who called deputies after the family returned home from Mass.

According to reports, the priest sent the boy a Facebook message later that same evening that read, “Goodnight, sweet dreams.”

According to police, the priest told deputies Monday that he specifically asked the boy to help him remove the pornographic images from his phone.

Police charged the priest with obscenity, and he is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail on $10,000 bond.

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