The Rev. James Patrick Grady
pleaded guilty this morning to possession of child pornography.
As part of the plea, Grady has agreed to forfeit his Toyota Camry. Seriously.
According to court documents, Grady, 58, was employed as the pastor at St. Raphael the Archangel
in south St. Louis. Grady was provided with a computer by the Arch Diocese, but requested that parish members obtain a laptop computer for his personal usage. The parish purchased him a Toshiba laptop computer.
On July 29, 2009, law enforcement officers and agents were involved in an undercover operation investigating subjects who attempt to purchase children, or their services, for commercial sex in the Eastern District of Missouri. The same day, officers received an e-mail in response to an Internet advertisement that had been placed by law enforcement working undercover.
The advertisement indicated that young females of an indeterminate age were available. The email was from Grady, seeking more information regarding the ad, and was informed that there were two females.
In the course of the e-mails, Grady received a digitally morphed
photograph of a sixteen-year-old girl. Grady inquired about the cost of
the child depicted and was given a price for a half-hour and for one
hour. Grady indicated that he wanted a half-hour and was told that the
girl was sixteen. He indicated that was fine and set up a
meeting. Upon arriving at the agreed upon location, Grady met an
undercover officer, and asked to see the girls. Grady was subsequently
arrested by the FBI, St. Louis County Police and the Maryland Heights
Police. After his arrest, Grady admitted that he intended to have sex
with the girl.
Grady was asked if he had any child pornography on
his computer, and he stated that while he never downloaded child
pornography, he had looked at it on his computer. The computer was
searched by forensic examiners and they found more than 100 images which
depicted nude prepubescent females between the ages of seven and seventeen years old engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
Grady pleaded guilty to one felony count of possession of child
pornography this morning before United States District Judge Jean C.
Additionally, Grady is charged with a forfeiture
count, which, will require the forfeiture of property, including his Toyota Camry, that was used to
facilitate the criminal activity.
Possession of child pornography carries a maximum penalty of
ten years in prison and/or a fine up to $250,000. Sentencing has been
set for June 25, 2010.
This case was investigated by the Federal
Bureau of Investigation and the Maryland Heights and St. Louis County
Police Departments. Assistant United States Attorney Howard J. Marcus is
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