DA: Chester Co. priest posed as girl, shared child porn on Instagram


DA: Chester Co. priest posed as girl, shared child porn on Instagram

Friday, October 24, 2014

From the link: http://6abc.com/news/da-chester-co-priest-posed-as-girl-shared-child-porn-on-instagram/364328/

A priest from Chester County is behind bars, charged with posing as a young girl on Instagram to send and receive child pornography.

55-year-old Mark Haynes, a priest assigned to Saints Simon and Jude Parish in Westtown Township, is charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse of children for possessing and disseminating child porn.

An undercover investigation revealed Haynes set up an Instagram account and posed as an underage girl to share multiple pornographic images of children.

Prosecutors say Haynes also posed as a 16-year-old girl to exchange lewd emails with a still-to-be-identified 14-year-old girl.

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The Chester County District Attorney filed an Affidavit of Probable Cause in the arrest of priest Mark Haynes. <span class=meta>WPVI Photo</span>

The Chester County District Attorney filed an Affidavit of Probable Cause in the arrest of priest Mark Haynes. <span class=meta>WPVI Photo</span>

The Chester County District Attorney filed an Affidavit of Probable Cause in the arrest of priest Mark Haynes. <span class=meta>WPVI Photo</span>

The Chester County District Attorney filed an Affidavit of Probable Cause in the arrest of priest Mark Haynes. WPVI Photo

Investigators have seized all of Haynes electronic devices and are reviewing them.

Haynes is now behind bars after failing to post $200,000 bail.

The Chester County District Attorney said Haynes lived at Saints Simon and Jude Rectory located at 8 Cavanaugh Court in Westtown Township. He served as Parochial Vicar there starting in September 3, 2013.

Haynes was ordained in Philadelphia on May 18, 1985. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia assigned him to serve in parishes located in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties.

Before serving at Saints Simon and Jude Haynes was assigned to seven different parishes, including:

  • St. Ann in Phoenixville

 

  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Doylestown

 

  • St. John of the Cross in Roslyn

 

  • Our Lady of Good Counsel in Southampton

 

  • St. Pius X in Broomall

 

  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Morton

 

  • Annunciation B.V.M. in Havertown

Haynes also once served as chaplain at Archbishop Wood High School. And he worked in the Office of Youth and Young Adults and the Office of the Metropolitan Tribunal.

The D.A. said the Saints Simon and Jude parish immediately excluded him from the parish property after the crimes were discovered, and that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the parish have been cooperating fully with law enforcement.

The Archodiocese released the following statement Friday afternoon:

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has learned that Father Mark Haynes was arrested by Chester County Police. He was charged with two counts of dissemination of child pornography, two counts of possession of child pornography and two counts of criminal use of a communications device.

These charges are serious and disturbing. The Archdiocese is cooperating fully with law enforcement regarding this matter and remains fervently committed to preventing child abuse as well as protecting the children and young people entrusted to its care. Child pornography is a scourge that must be eradicated.

There were no prior indications that Father Haynes was involved in activity of this nature. Additionally, no allegations of sexual abuse of a minor have ever been lodged against him.

Father Haynes was immediately placed on administrative leave following his arrest and is no longer residing at Saints Simon and Jude Parish in West Chester, where he was assigned. Priests on administrative leave are not permitted to exercise their public ministry, administer any of the Sacraments, or present themselves publicly as priests.

 

 

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The Catechism offers a clear moral teaching: "Rape is the forcible violation of the sexual intimacy of another person. It does injury to justice and charity. Rape deeply wounds the respect, freedom, and physical and moral integrity to which every person has a right. It causes grave damage that can mark the victim for life. It is always an intrinsically evil act. Graver still is the rape of children committed by parents (incest) or those responsible for the education of the children entrusted to them." (no. 2356) Note that rape is "an intrinsically evil act," meaning that it is evil at its very root, nothing justifies it, and it is objectively a mortal sin. An evil act was done against me, a crime, by a priest at St Thomas More Parish in Durham, NH. An evil and a crime I will no longer keep silent about. Those who perpetrate crimes against children, especially those of the Roman Catholic Church, should all be punished for their crimes against children. Anything less would be criminal.

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