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Former Novi Priest Faces Child Pornography Charges; Man Scams Money from Local Business

A roundup of crime from the White Lake-Highland area.

Fenton police received a report of a quick change scam at in the 3000 block of Silver Lake Road, at 11:45 p.m. on Thursday, said Chief of Police Rick Aro. The manager at the business called police, saying a man requested change for a $100 bill from a clerk, the police report said.

As the clerk began making change, the man asked for several other transactions that resulted in him scamming more than $400, Aro said. The man is described as 5 feet 10 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall, with a light complexion. He was wearing a green and gray, long-sleeved fleece shirt with a green winter hat, police said.

There are no reports of other businesses being scammed by the man, Aro said. Anyone with information is asked to call the Fenton Police Department at (810) 629-5311. Police are attempting to obtain security video pictures to locate and identify the man, he added.

Former Novi Priest Faces Child Pornography Charges

A former Catholic priest in Novi has been arrested and charged with downloading child pornography.

According to the Detroit News, Timothy Murray, 62, was detained on charges of downloading pornographic pictures of naked children engaged in sexual poses on a personal computer.

The News reports that Murray was being investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security since May.

On Dec. 19, Homeland Security agents executed a search warrant of Murray's residence, the News said. The former priest voluntarily admitted to Novi police that he used special software to download 500 images of child porn from the Internet.

A detention hearing for Murray is scheduled for 1 p.m. Dec. 28 in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Michelson.

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