Priest Gets Nearly 7 Years In Prison On Child Porn Charges - KMOX.com
Statement from the United States Attorney’s Office:
St. Louis, MO: The United States Attorney’s Office announced today that James Patrick Grady was sentenced to 80 months in prison, followed by supervised release for life. In addition to the prison sentence, he was ordered to pay a $12,500 fine.
According to court documents, James Patrick Grady was employed as the pastor at St. Raphael’s Parish in St. Louis. Grady was provided with a computer by the Arch Diocese, but requested that parish members obtain a laptop computer for his personal usage. The parish purchased him a Toshiba laptop computer.
On July 29, 2009, law enforcement officers and agents were involved in an undercover operation investigating subjects who attempt to purchase children, or their services, for commercial sex in the Eastern District of Missouri. The same day, officers received an email in response to an internet advertisement that had been placed by law enforcement working in the undercover capacity.
The advertisement indicated that young females of an indeterminate age were available. The email was from James Patrick Grady, seeking more information regarding the ad, and was informed that there were two females. In the course of the emails, Grady received a digitally morphed photograph of a 16-year old female. Grady inquired about the cost of the child depicted and was given a price for a half hour and for one hour. Grady indicated that he wanted a half hour and was told that the girl was 16 years old.
He indicated that was fine and set up a meeting. Upon arriving at the agreed upon location, Grady met an undercover officer, and asked to see the girls. Grady was subsequently arrested by the FBI, St. Louis County Police and the Maryland Heights Police. After his arrest, Grady admitted that he intended to have sex with the girl.
Grady was asked if he had any child pornography on his computer, and he stated that while he never downloaded child pornography, he had looked at it on his computer. The computer was searched by forensic examiners and they found more than 100 images which depicted nude prepubescent females in the seven to seventeen-year old age range engaging in sexually explicit conduct.