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Former archdiocese official describes 'last straw'

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A former canon lawyer with the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis says the last straw before she quit was how officials refused to take action when she discovered pornography on CDs in files on a priest up for promotion.

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Jennifer Haselberger tells Minnesota Public Radio some images appeared to show minors, though police concluded the CDs showed only adults.

The images came from a computer that belonged about a decade ago to the Rev. Jonathan Shelley. Shelley told MPR he did nothing illegal.

Haselberger says Archbishop John Nienstedt's top deputy, the Rev. Peter Laird, ordered her off the case and to turn over the file box. She contacted authorities instead, though police never filed charges.

Archdiocese spokesman Jim Accurso says there's nothing to corroborate Haselberger's story.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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