Questionable computer files leads to Chicago priest’s suspension

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CHICAGO — Chicago’s Roman Catholic Archbishop Blase Cupich has removed a priest from his pastoral duties as authorities investigate why he had questionable material stored on a computer in his possession.

The Archdiocese of Chicago announced Monday they told the Cook County state’s attorney’s office that church officials found “sexual images and material” on the computer of St. Pancratius pastor the Rev. Octavio Munoz Capetillo. Church officials did not provide further details about what they found.

Chicago police officials will only say detectives are in the midst of an ongoing investigation.

Church officials say while the investigation is underway, an administrator will take over Capetillo’s duties at St. Pancratius and he will reside away from the parish.

Capetillo was ordained in 2004 and previously helped recruit potential priests from Latin America.