Former Catholic Priest to Plead Guilty in Child Porn Case

Lothar Konrad Krauth worked at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Great Falls from 1989 to 2014

By Associated Press

GREAT FALLS — A former Roman Catholic priest in northern Montana accused of possessing child pornography plans to plead guilty.

The Great Falls Tribune reports that a motion filed in federal court last month says 80-year-old Lothar Konrad Krauth will plead guilty to receipt of child pornography at a hearing on Monday.

He was accused in November of having about 400 images of child pornography, including children as young as 2 or 3 years old, on his computer.

According to the motion, Krauth will plead guilty without an agreement with prosecutors on his punishment. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

Krauth worked at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Great Falls from 1989 to 2014.

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