Shawn Ratigan

Three Prison Terms Added For Felon Priest

Oct 25, 2013

A Catholic priest serving a 50 year federal sentence on a Kansas City area child pornography conviction will absorb a new sentence while behind bars.

Reverend Shawn Ratigan pleaded guilty October 25  to state charges at Liberty, MO.

The burly and bearded Ratigan will serve three consecutive 7 year sentences on his admission he had obscene pictures of girls, some under the age of 12.

The priest took the photos during his tenure at churches and schools of the Kansas City- St. Joseph Diocese.

The sentences will not be added to the federal punishment. 

Shawn Ratigan, a 47-year-old Catholic priest convicted of making child pornography, was sentenced to 50 years by a Kansas City federal judge Thursday afternoon. 

Judge Gary Fenner labeled Ratigan a pedophile in serial fashion.

Minutes before, Ratigan choked back emotion as he told the judge, "Fifteen years is a lot of time, but fifty, come on."

Parents of the two-year-old girl photographed by Ratigan said they never want their child to see him again. The mother of the child said her daughter considered the priest her "best friend."