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Former NC minister sentenced in child porn case


ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) -- A former pastor of a Catholic church in
Asheville has pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice because he
deleted pornographic images of children from the home computer of
the parish music minister.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported ( )
that the Rev. John Schneider has been placed on probation for one
year and has been ordered to perform 100 hours of community service
and pay a $100 fine.

The 58-year-old Schneider resigned as pastor of St. Eugene
Catholic Church shortly after he was charged.

Police say Schneider deleted hundreds of pornographic images of
children from the home computer of music minister Paul Lawrence
Berrell in May 2009. Berrell was sentenced in April to 28 years in
federal prison.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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