Kansas priest pleads guilty to child porn charge

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (KAKE) -

A Kansas priest pleaded guilty in federal court today to possessing child pornography.

In his plea, Christopher Rossman, 46, who formerly served at the Annunciation Catholic Church in Baldwin City, Kan., admitted that investigators found child pornography on his tablet. The crime occurred in September 2016 when monitoring software installed on Rossman's computer devices reported he had visited adult pornography and child pornography websites. The archdiocese forwarded the report to law enforcement.

When investigators tried to find Rossman they learned that his sister had taken possession of the tablet and tried to run over it a number of times. A forensics examination found files on the device depicting young girls engaged in sexual activities.

Rossman has worked in several northeast Kansas communities, including Olathe, Topeka and Holton.  He has been suspended from the church.

The crime carries a penalty of up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. 

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