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Pennsylvania priest charged with child pornography

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A Roman Catholic priest in Pennsylvania is facing child pornography charges. 

Monsignor John Stephen Mraz, of Bethlehem, was charged Tuesday morning. He was arraigned and released on unsecured bail.

According to Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin, a friend of the 66-year-old priest's discovered a file labeled with a reference to nude boys while working on Mraz's computer. The friend then contacted the Diocese which notified the DA's office.

Authorities seized Mraz's computers and found he had downloaded child pornography.

Mraz was the pastor of the Church of St. Ann in Emmaus and he previously served as a Catholic school administrator.

The diocese says it has removed Mraz from ministry. Martin says Mraz now lives at a home for retired priests.

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