ST. PAUL (WCCO) — A 47-year-old priest has been sentenced for sexually abusing a woman who was seeking his spiritual advice and counsel, according to the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office.

Christopher Thomas Wenthe of Delano, Minn. received a stayed prison sentence of 4 years and 9 months, was ordered to serve one year in the Ramsey County workhouse and fined $30,000 for his conviction on a charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

The judge ordered Wenthe to pay up to $90,000 in restitution for the victim’s medical treatment. He will also be on probation for 15 years and must register as a predatory offender.

Wenthe was convicted on Nov. 15, 2011.

At the time of the incident, Wenthe was a priest working at Nativity Catholic Church in St. Paul.

Wenthe was ordered to begin serving his workhouse confinement Wednesday.

Comments (11)
  1. See BS says:

    How is this worse than what corporate facists do everyday? The constitution protects the Church and the state has no right to prosecute this man.

    1. WOW says:

      Are you kidding me! This has nothing to do with politics. This man committed a horrendous crime and the victim deserves justice. So are you saying that if a pastor brings a gun to church and murders everyone in attendance that the state has no right to convict him? I think the state should have the right to prosecute you for your statement.

      1. Mother of 5 Daughters says:

        He didn’t commit any such crime. You just have a woman who was scorned and she became angry. I am not even Catholic and this whole story makes me sick. His life is ruined because they fell in love and she couldn’t handle what she had done. Hell hath no fury than a woman scorned.

        1. tan pup says:

          Excuse ME? Where you there? Remember your statement when one of your daughters is assaulted . . . Oh, that’s right, I’m sure you will blame them for “asking for it”. You make me sick making such unsupported comments. You weren’t there, if they had enough evidence to bring this to trial, there was a crime. You should go back to Iran where your attitude will be accepted. Maybe we should stone this poor woman and then have her relative burn her to the stake for causing them embarrassment as well. I pitty your daughters for having such a prude for a mother. I’m sure you are pressuring them to take off those socks so they can be like you, barefoot and pregant.

    2. See BS says:

      Is their a poser in here debating himself with my screen name?

      I think the victim has “Play dumb for free stuff Munchausen” or PDFFSM

      1. See BS says:

        Corporate fascists are exercising their power to suppress my constitutional rights. Now they’ve stolen my online identity, in contravention of the 14tth Amendment.

    3. See BS says:

      Corporate Fascism protects a female public school teacher by disabling comments and not showing a mug shot.

      Last week it was a female public school teacher using a mentally disabled student to make porn.

      1. See BS says:

        My constitutiional rights to due process have been violated because a female sex offender’s picture was not posted online.

  2. Kevin says:

    aint deversuty gud?

  3. Raggs says:

    And so a Roman Catholic judge decides to give a Roman Catholic priest a light sentence. Interesting. He could have earned the restitution money after serving the full term instead of serving only a tiny fraction of it. Which parish will Father be assigned to upon release? Our Lady of Perpetual Motion? St. Ecstasy?

  4. Crazy Joe says:

    Well at least he had an erection in the right direction.