96-year-old retired priest accused of child porn possession

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A 96-year-old retired Bronx priest indicted on child pornography charges appeared in court Tuesday.

Monsignor Harry Byrne was living in a residence with another retired priest. Court records show that it was that residence where child porn was allegedly found on his computer.

Byrne faces 37 counts of possession obscene sexual performance by a child and 37 counts of possessing sexual performance by a child.

According to the indictment, Byrne had images on his computer of girls as young as 8. It alleges that Byrne viewed the images in front of many other individuals at the retirement home.

The former priest's attorney says Byrne is innocent, adding that the computer that was under surveillance in a five-month investigation was accessible to more people than just Byrne.

Byrne was released following Tuesday's court appearance. He's due back early next year.

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