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St. Paul police seek victims of Catholic Church abuse

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

St. Paul police investigators are asking for victims of abuse from the Catholic Church to come forward.

"We want to hear from you. We want to hear your story," said Cmdr. Mary Nash, of the family and sexual violence unit.

The appeal comes as St. Paul police continue to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct by a priest and a cover-up by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Last week, police reopened their investigation into allegations that Rev. Jonathan Shelley had pornography on his computer, including images of possible child pornography. Despite the allegations, the Archdiocese did not tell police and let Shelley keep working. 

The man who purchased Shelley's computer at a church rummage sale and initially notified church officials about the content. Recently, he found backup copies and turned them over to police.

Police have declined to say why they reopened the case, but they do believe victims of sex abuse may be in the area.

"I'm speaking to those victims," Nash said. "If you have been sexually abused by a member of the clergy in St. Paul, the St. Paul Police Department encourages you to come forward and report sexual abuse directly to the St. Paul Police Department. We want to hear from you and we want to hear your story."

Police declined to say if their investigation is only limited to Shelley, and would not comment on whether they are investigating additional priests or clergy members -- only that there is a reason to keep digging.

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