Skip to main content

Priest abuse case: Prosecutor plans follow-up

  • Author:
  • Updated:

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi says he is planning to follow up with St. Paul Police after an MPR investigation indicated that Catholic church leaders had not been forthcoming about a priest's sexual misconduct, MPR reports.

MPR's investigation found that the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis did not remove Curtis Wehmeyer from the ministry, despite knowing about his sexual misbehavior. MPR reports that church leaders knew of Wehmeyer's sexual compulsions for a decade.

The report also notes that the archdiocese had sought to publicly advance a story about church officials being immediately responsive to allegations of abuse by Wehmeyer. But interviews and documents reviewed by MPR seem to prove otherwise.

Wehmeyer, who was a pastor at Blessed Sacrament Church in St. Paul, is now serving a five-year prison sentence in St. Cloud, after pleading guilty to abuse of two brothers, ages 12 and 14. He was sentenced in February.

Choi said there may be lingering issues for police to pursue. Among the questions raised by the MPR investigation: Did the church deliberately keep abuse allegations hidden from parishioners?

In response to the MPR investigation, first reported Monday, the archdiocese issued a four-paragraph statement. In part, it acknowledged, "In hindsight and in light of what we now know, we also recognize that our handling of past concerns could have been better addressed." The statement also directs anyone who has been abused in the church's ministry to contact police.

Next Up

Amber alert wisconsin

Amber Alert in Wisconsin: Search for missing 15-year-old girl

Police believe 15-year-old Kryssy King may be with a 22-year-old man.

Screen Shot 2022-10-01 at 10.18.12 AM

3 St. Paul fast food restaurants robbed in space of an hour

The thieves struck between 7:15 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Screen Shot 2022-10-01 at 9.06.40 AM

What to do with the Kmart site? Minneapolis wants your ideas

The project will connect Nicollet Avenue south of Lake street and north of the Midtown Greenway, reestablishing a street grid.

Screen Shot 2022-10-01 at 7.53.55 AM

Crowd evacuated at end of homecoming football game in Brooklyn Park

Police blamed 'unruly teens' in the stands and some who were trying to enter the stadium.


State to help 44 Minnesota gas stations add E15 pumps

The yellow 88 button is coming to more gas stations in Minnesota.

Screen Shot 2022-09-30 at 4.54.42 PM

FBI, police investigating bank robbery at Edina's 50th and France

An ATM technician was robbed by four men at a U.S. Bank.

Ethan Glynn

Paralyzed Bloomington football player begins rehabilitation in Colorado

Ethan Glynn is at a world-renowned rehabilitation hospital.

Press Bar fire

Owner of St. Cloud bar gets 6 years for arson, ordered to repay $3M

A February 2020 fire at the Press Bar and Parlor was later determined to be an insurance job.


Bloomington, Richfield districts tighten security ahead of weekend football

Enhanced safety measures will be in place this weekend.