Priest takes leave after indecent pictures accidentally shown in public

Monday 23 April 2012 12.36
Father Martin McVeigh said he did not know how the images had appeared
Father Martin McVeigh said he did not know how the images had appeared

A priest who has been under investigation since indecent images were shown during a meeting at a primary school in Co Tyrone has taken temporary leave of absence.

Parents met representatives of the Archdiocese of Armagh in Pomeroy last night to discuss their concerns after indecent images were inadvertently shown at a local primary school three weeks ago.

In a statement, the Archdiocese of Armagh said the outcome of the meeting was "inconclusive", and that a further meeting would take place in the future.

An investigation was launched after pornographic pictures were displayed during a meeting for parents who were preparing their families for First Communion at St Mary's Primary School.

A child was also in the room.

The pictures were projected onto a screen after the parish priest, Fr Martin McVeigh, put a memory stick into a computer being used for a presentation.

The priest later said he did not know how the images had appeared.

Last night, parishioners were told that Fr McVeigh had requested temporary leave. He will, however, remain as parish priest.

It is understood parents were told that no crime had been committed, and that social services had found there were no child protection issues.

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