"IF THE INVESTIGATION TAKES US INTHAT DIRECTION, WE'LL GO IN THATDIRECTION."
HOWIE PADILLA, ST. PAUL POLICE SPOKESMAN,ON WHETHER INVESTIGATORS WILL SEEK ASEARCH WARRANT FOR THE ARCHDIOCESEWhat they're doing
After a series of MPR News investigations into the Twin Cities archdiocese'shandling of clergy sexual abuse, the St. Paul Police Department made a public pleain October for victims to come forward. Cmdr. Mary Nash says police have gotten a"trickle" of responses.In the meantime, St. Paul Police have open investigations into the archdiocese,priests who they have not named and the Rev. Jonathan Shelley, to determine if hewas in possession of child pornography.
"YOU RISE EACH DAY WITH COURAGE TOSURVIVE KNOWING YOUR FAITH HASBEEN TESTED BEYOND ALL BELIEF."
CMDR. MARY NASH, ST. PAUL POLICEDEPARTMENT, IN A PLEA TO ABUSE VICTIMSThe tools they can use
Police often use search warrants as a tool for gathering evidence in criminalinvestigations. A search warrant is issued by a judge at the request of aninvestigating police officer. The officer must demonstrate probable cause --generally speaking, provide a reasonable amount of information to indicate thatevidence of a crime would be found if a search were to happen -- to justify therequest for the search. In addition to search warrants, which are typically executed without alerting theparties to be searched ahead of time, police investigators can take statementsfrom victims, witnesses, suspects and others and have access to crime lab andother scientific evaluative resources. When police believe there is sufficientevidence to move forward -- as they did in the case of the Rev. Mark Huberty, whowas investigated by the Maplewood Police Department for sexual misconduct --they present their case to the county attorney.
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