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The witness talked with police on Jan. 15.
In that interview, the girl told police that she saw on the cellphone a photo of an unclothed male between 12 and 15 years old, according to a police report.
"The photo was of an image of the male from the shoulders down to above the knees," the report states. "She further described that the body was unclothed and in a standing position with both arms down to his side. (Name redacted) stated that she wasn't completely certain if she saw male genitalia."
Without sufficient probable cause, police were unable to obtain a search warrant for the cellphone.
Sterba said that once they had talked to the witness, they had been informed by McGrath's attorney that the cellphone was no longer available.
Police did try to get the cellphone on Dec. 11, according to another police report.
Both Detective Sgt. Micah Nuesse and Rev. John Merkelis, who has since replaced McGrath as president, tried to obtain the phone, which was the property of Providence.
"Fr. Merkelis told Fr. McGrath to give him the phone," the report states. "Fr. McGrath told Fr. Merkelis and myself that he would not turn his cellphone over. Fr. McGrath stood up and walked out of the office, advising that he needed to get to the theatre."