Ex-priest indicted for child porn

Sunday, July 21, 2002

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- A former Roman Catholic priest and St. Louis elementary school counselor has been indicted on child pornography charges.

James Beine, 60, was charged Thursday after a federal grand jury in East St. Louis found he downloaded from the Internet a picture of a boy engaged in a sexual activity.

In a separate case in St. Louis, Beine faces four counts of sexual misconduct involving a minor. Prosecutors say he exposed himself to three boys in a restroom at an elementary school.

Beine, also known as Mar James, resigned his position as an elementary school counselor shortly after the district learned the Archdiocese of St. Louis had paid $110,000 to settle lawsuits. The lawsuits accused him of sexually abusing two boys while he was a priest.

Beine's arrest in March on the sexual misconduct charges came a week after his resignation.

The archdiocese removed Beine from the ministry in 1977 over allegations of sexual abuse. He was hired by the city schools in 1991.

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: