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Arlington Heights Catholic priest charged with child porn

ROLLING MEADOWS — A suburban Chicago Catholic priest has been ordered held on $175,000 bond after being charged with felony possession and reproduction of child pornography.

Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez's office announced the charges on Wednesday against 34-year-old Clovis Vilchez-Parra, associate pastor at the Mission San Juan Diego Catholic Church in suburban Arlington Heights.

The Archdiocese of Chicago says that Archbishop Blase Cupich has removed Vilchez-Parra from ministry while the case goes forward. The archdiocese says it's "ready to cooperate fully" with law enforcement authorities.

The archdiocese last year released thousands of files on dozens of abusive priests.

A new lawsuit filed by a man who said he was a priest-abuse victim seeks more documents. It claims the archdiocese created a public nuisance by shielding pedophile priests for decades.

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