The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday reversed a sexual misconduct conviction and ordered a new trial for a St. Paul priest accused of having sex with a woman who was seeking his spiritual advice. The 22-page ruling said the lower court made several errors during Christopher Wenthe’s trial. Wenthe was convicted in 2011 of third-degree criminal sexual conduct after a woman reported the sexual conduct.
A 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.
Charges will not be filed against Archbishop John Nienstedt in connection with a police report filed by a priest on Dec.16, 2013. According to the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office, St. Paul Police conducted an “extensive investigation” surrounding the allegation that Nienstedt inappropriately touched a boy during a photo session at a confirmation ceremony at the Cathedral of Saint Paul on May 5, 2009.
A teenage boy who was molested by the Rev. Curtis Wehmeyer from 2008 through 2011 sued the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on Thursday, alleging it conspired to protect the priest from criminal prosecution and conceal his history of sexual misconduct from the public. The lawsuit comes one day after Ramsey County prosecutors said they wouldn’t charge members of the archdiocese for the way they handled allegations against Wehmeyer because there was insufficient evidence to prove anyone failed to immediately report the abuse. Wehmeyer pleaded guilty in 2012 and is serving a five-year prison sentence.
A prosecutor has declined to charge a priest accused of possessing potential child pornography. Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said Wednesday that investigators found no evidence of a crime when they examined computer files that once belonged to the Rev. John Shelley.
A former priest, accused of molesting two children decades ago, has been suspended from teaching sex education for Wright County. The county board recently canceled their contract with 79-year-old Harry Walsh. Walsh was one of five priests named in an internal archdiocese memo about parishes with “some connection to a history of clergy sexual abuse.”
A Minnesota man who says he was abused by a priest on the White Earth Indian Reservation sued the Diocese of Crookston and the priest’s religious order on Thursday, claiming they should have known the priest was a risk.
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has named the firm it has hired to review priest files as part of its plan to address clergy sexual misconduct. The archdiocese announced Thursday that Kinsale Management Consulting will conduct the review.
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis says it will release names of priests who have sexually abused children.
The University of St. Thomas inaugurated Julie Sullivan as its new president Thursday on the school’s St. Paul campus. The inauguration was just the school’s third in 47 years.
St. Paul police are not saying how many priests they might be looking at, but as they made a highly unusual appeal for victims of abuse to come forward, Commander Mary Nash said their could be one victim, and there could also be 100 victims.
A police report obtained by WCCO details a Chicago County woman’s claims against a prominent Twin Cities priest and University of St. Thomas professor. The woman claims he abused her starting when she was just 13 years old.
Police say someone broke into a St. Cloud Catholic school overnight Sunday, etched obscene language on the bulletin board and stole a priest’s cloak – an item valued at $1,000.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals has ordered a new trial for a priest accused of having sexual conduct with a female parishioner he was counseling.
A former pastor at a St. Paul parish who faces charges for allegedly molesting one boy and exposing himself to another is now facing 15 more counts of possessing child pornography.