"I am wondering what kind of records you keep of the people who order the hidden wall socket camera," Maloney typed into the chat."We are trying to identify a person who hid one of these in a church bathroom." The prosecutor didn't identify himself, records show, and the Spy Guy employee didn't reveal any details about specific sales."We do not know if he will return to the States to either face the criminal charges, or be put in line for a canonical review," Renshaw, the church spokesman, said.
The department was still pursuing other leads and didn't have the resources to follow the priest, he said.
The archdiocese said police never asked the church to track Bien's whereabouts, and church leaders didn't know he was a person of interest.
Spokesman David Renshaw said the church couldn't have stopped Bien's travel anyway.
"The church has no ability to confiscate a priest's passport," Renshaw said.
"Unfortunately, we had no idea that he had left," said Capt. "Not until yesterday did we learn that he was out of the country." When detectives went to Bien's last known residence in Portland, another priest there told them Bien was gone.