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Priest accused of child porn possession

April 12, 2010

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VIENNA—Austrian authorities have launched legal proceedings against a Catholic priest accused of possessing child pornography and sharing it with others online.

Prosecution spokesman Erich Habitzl in the eastern city of Wiener Neustadt says the priest is not in custody but will soon have to defend himself in court.

Habitzl says the pornographic material was found on a hard drive.

He did not identify the priest or give further details in Monday's announcement.

Public broadcaster ORF reported that investigators secured more than 400 files on the priest's computer and that he has since been relieved of all his religious duties.

The priest faces up to two years in prison if found guilty.