Hopes Of Catholic Church Reform Rise After DealThe landmark clergy abuse settlement announced Monday buoyed hopes for reform in Minnesota's Catholic church, but it leaves unanswered questions about what comes next for survivors, church finances and future transparency. The settlement was the result of a novel lawsuit against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona from nationally prominent clergy abuse attorney Jeff Anderson.
Austin School Leaders Fired Amid Teacher Sex CaseTwo top administrators at a Catholic school in Austin have been fired after a high school teacher was charged with having sex with a minor student. The Diocese of Winona, which includes Austin, says Pacelli Catholic Schools President Jim Hamburge and Principal Mary Holtorf were fired after being put on leave last week.
Victims' Group Applauds Man Who Sued Church A support group for victims of clergy sexual abuse is applauding a man who pursued a public nuisance claim against church leaders in Minnesota.
Austin School Teacher Accused Of Sex With StudentA teacher at a Catholic school in Austin has been fired and jailed on suspicion of having sex with a minor student. The 28-year-old woman taught math at Pacelli High School. Austin Police Chief Brian Krueger says she was arrested at home Monday after police were summoned to the school earlier in the day.
Judge Splits Clergy Sex Abuse Trial Into 2 Phases A judge has split an upcoming clergy sex abuse trial against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona into two separate phases.
Judge Won't Dismiss Nuisance Claim Against Church A man who was sexually abused by a priest in 1976 can move forward with his claim that the St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese created a public nuisance by failing to warn the public about a problem priest.
Winona Diocese Releases Priest Abuse DetailsThe Diocese of Winona released details Monday about 14 priests who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing children, calling their decision an effort to be transparent and promote healing. The information shows when church officials first learned of allegations against each priest. And, it shows that some clergy were allowed to remain in ministry for years, even decades, after those allegations came to light.
Priest Guilty Of Abuse In U.S. Is Deported To IndiaA priest who was convicted of fondling a 12-year-old girl while he was working in the Diocese of Winona has been deported to his native India. Officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement say 48-year-old Leo Charles Koppala was turned over to authorities in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Blue Earth Priest Gets Probation In Sex Abuse CaseA Blue Earth priest who admitted to fondling a girl while attending dinner at her grandmother's home was sentenced to 25 years of supervised probation on Monday.
Diocese: Former Blue Earth Priest To Be DeportedA Minnesota priest was taken into custody at his Monday sentencing and will be deported after admitting he fondled a girl while attending dinner at her grandmother's home. The Diocese of Winona says The Rev. Leo Koppala was taken into custody by the Department of Homeland Security after his sentencing hearing Monday and will be held until his deportation proceedings.
Blue Earth Priest Pleads Guilty In Sex Abuse CaseA Blue Earth-area priest has admitted to fondling a girl while he was attending dinner at her grandmother's home. The Rev. Leo Koppala pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a victim under 13. He'll be sentenced March 31.
Feds: Prison Chaplain From MN Passed Messages For MobsterA prison chaplain has been charged in an alleged scheme to help imprisoned Chicago mobster Frank Calabrese, who is serving a life sentence for 13 murders, recover a valuable violin reportedly hidden in a Wisconsin house to keep the government from selling it, federal prosecutors announced Thursday.