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Archbishop Nienstedt resumes public ministry, will not be prosecuted

March 12, 2014

Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis, who removed himself from public ministry in December after being accused of inappropriately touching a minor’s buttocks during a post-Confirmation photograph, will not face prosecution, the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reported.

“Based on the investigative file presented by police, the Ramsey County attorney’s office concluded there was insufficient evidence to prosecute Archbishop Nienstedt,” the office said in a statement.

The prelate, who denied the allegation, said that he was “thankful to the St. Paul police for their thorough investigation, as well as to the Ramsey County attorney’s office for their professional work regarding this matter.”

“I look forward to returning to public ministry during this Lenten season, especially during Holy Week and the great feast of Easter,” he added.


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