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Charging decision in Minn. church abuse case

January 29, 2014
Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Ramsey County authorities are set to announce a charging decision over how the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis handled the case of an abusive priest.

The county attorney's office and St. Paul police will detail their investigation Wednesday.

The Rev. Curtis Wehmeyer was accused in 2012 of sexually abusing children, and is now serving a five-year prison term after being convicted of doing so.

Internal church documents show archdiocese leaders knew before then that Wehmeyer had solicited young men for sex in a bookstore and cruised a park for anonymous sex. A former canon lawyer in the archdiocese says Wehmeyer was promoted even after she urged the archbishop to review his file.

The archdiocese has said it could have "better addressed" the case.



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