Minnesota archdiocese faces criminal charges for failure to report abuse
June 05, 2015
A Minnesota prosecutor has filed criminal charges against the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis for failing to report sex-abuse charges against a Catholic priest.
Saying that archdiocesan authorities “time and time again turned a blind eye” to complaints about Father Curtis Wehmeyer, Ramsey County prosecutor John Choi said that the archdiocese is responsible for the harm the priest caused.
The six criminal charges brought against the archdiocese are all misdemeanors. The charges name the St. Paul- Minneapolis archdiocese as a corporation. Choi declined to say whether or not his office would bring other charges against individual Church officials, but said an investigation of the case is continuing.
Wehmeyer is now serving a 5-year prison term after pleading guilty to 20 counts of sexual misconduct and child pornography.
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