Hundreds Of Minnesotans Sue Over Sex AbuseIt's been nearly three years since Minnesota opened a path for lawsuits by victims of long-ago childhood sexual abuse. In that time, more than 800 people have brought abuse claims against churches, the Boy Scouts, schools and a children's theater company.
2-Time Convicted Sex Offender Guilty Of Child Porn ChargesIt took a jury less than two hours Thursday to convict a two-time convicted sex offender of producing and distributing child pornography. The United States Attorney's Office says 52-year-old Rex Lee Furman, of Federal Dam, was convicted after a three-day trial of 13 counts of producing child porn, two counts of distributing it and one count each of receipt of child porn, possession of child porn and committing a felony while required to register as a sex offender.
Archdiocese Puts Priest On Leave After Abuse AllegationThe Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has put a Roseville priest on leave after receiving what it is calling a credible allegation that he sexually abused a minor in the 1980s. The Rev. Robert Fitzpatrick is pastor at Corpus Christi parish and St. Rose of Lima parish and school.
Minnesota Priest Who Molested Boys Removed From PriesthoodPope Francis has removed from the priesthood a former St. Paul priest who pleaded guilty in Minnesota to molesting two boys. Archbishop John Nienstedt of the St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese announced the Vatican's action against Curtis Wehmeyer on Wednesday.
Local Catholics Await Archbishop Nienstedt’s Public ApologyTwin Cities Catholics are anxious to hear from Archbishop John Nienstedt. "I am curious to hear what he has to say, absolutely," said parishioner Maria Medina DeSmith. Nienstedt is expected to make a public apology Sunday surrounding the priest abuse scandal that is rocking the local Catholic Church. It will be part of the homily given at Our Lady of Grace Church in Edina. "I think that’s good, healthy," parishioner Mark Photoidaes said. "I think it’s important to acknowledge the situation and, he’s doing the right thing."
Minn. Lawmakers Seek To Lift Abuse Lawsuit LimitsA bipartisan group of Minnesota lawmakers want to eliminate a statute of limitations on the ability to file civil claims related to allegations of child sexual abuse.
32 Minnesota Boy Scout Leaders Accused Of Sex AbuseThe Boy Scouts of America released 20 years worth of secret files on Thursday, which hold the names of men suspected of child sex abuse while serving as a volunteer or a troop leader.