Ramsey Co. Reopens Cases Against Archbishop Nienstedt And Fmr. Priest

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Prosecutors say they want St. Paul Police to reopen a sexual abuse case against Archbishop John Nienstedt, but not because of any new evidence.

The Ramsey County Attorney’s office said that it doesn’t want reports from the Nienstedt case being made public yet because of other elements that need to be investigated. They say those other elements don’t have anything to do with the archbishop.

A case involving former priest Curtis Wehmeyer was also reopened for similar reasons. Wehmeyer is in prison for child sexual abuse.

Earlier this month, prosecutors decided not to press charges against Nienstedt over allegations he sexually touched a boy while posing for a photograph during a confirmation ceremony.

Prosecutors say there was no evidence to support the claim.

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