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Retired Montana priest pleads guilty to child porn charge

Posted: 11:12 AM, Apr 09, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-09 11:51:28-04

GREAT FALLS – A retired Catholic priest, pleaded guilty to one count of receipt of child pornography Monday.

Lothar Konrad Krauth , 81, admitted he searched for images of child pornography on the internet and that he knew it was illegal.

In October of 2018, agents with the Department of Homeland Security received a cyber tip tracing the IP address to Krauth.

Agents and Great Falls police executed a search warrant at Krauth’s residence on October 26, 2018, where they seized approximately 20 items of electronic media including a desktop computer, external hard drives, six thumb drives, and more.

Court documents state a preliminary examination of the desktop computer identified approximately 400 images of child pornography while a subsequent analysis revealed thousands.

Krauth came to the United States in 1978 and worked for parishes throughout north-central Montana. He was assigned to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Great Falls from 1989 to 2014.

Krauth’s sentencing has been set for July 18. He faces a minimum mandatory five years to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

-Margaret DeMarco reporting for MTN News