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Suspended priest pleads guilty in child porn case

Published:Tuesday | June 9, 2015 | 6:00 AM

PHILADELPHIA (AP):

A suspended suburban Philadelphia priest has pleaded guilty to federal charges in a child pornography case.

The Rev Mark Haynes pleaded guilty yesterday to using the Internet to entice a minor to engage in sexual contact, possession and distribution of child pornography, and destroying or concealing evidence.

Prosecutors alleged that around 2010, the 56-year-old West Chester resident posed as a 16-year-old girl named 'Katie' on a teenage dating website, met minor girls online, and requested that they take and send sexually explicit pictures.

Before his suspension by the archdiocese following his arrest last year, Haynes had been vicar of Saints Simon & Jude parish in Westtown Township since September 2013. Officials said he had also served in seven other suburban Philadelphia parishes.

Sentencing is scheduled for September 10.