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Mounties rule out charges against Bishop Lahey in Nova Scotia

Reverend Raymond Lahey (left) arrives at a police station in Ottawa Thursday Oct.1, 2009. A former Nova Scotia bishop facing child-pornography charges has turned himself in to Ottawa police.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

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The RCMP in Nova Scotia say charges will not be laid in the province against a bishop accused of possessing child pornography in Ottawa.

The RCMP say they have completed an "in-depth and thorough analysis" of computers and storage devices that were seized during searches last October from Bishop Raymond Lahey's former residences in Antigonish and Sydney.

The Mounties say no criminal charges will be laid based on their examination of those electronic devices.

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The RCMP is returning the seized computers and storage devices to the diocese.

The 69-year-old bishop was charged with possessing and importing child pornography on Sept. 25 - 10 days after he was detained and questioned by Canada Border Services Agency officers at Ottawa airport.

Rev. Lahey stepped down as bishop of the diocese in Antigonish and has been staying with other priests in Ottawa since he was granted bail last year.

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