James Grady: Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography, Loses His Toyota Camry


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.

No! Not the Camry!
  • No! Not the Camry!
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. Hamilton.

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 handling the case for the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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