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Hibbing priest arrested on suspicion of having sex with a minor

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A Catholic priest who has been accused of having sex with a minor was arrested.

The 29-year-old priest with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Duluth was arrested in Hibbing Tuesday and was being held at the St. Louis County Jail Wednesday, the Duluth News Tribune reports.

He faces a potential charge of second-degree felony criminal sexual conduct with a person between ages 13 and 15 by a person of authority, according to the jail roster. Formal charges are expected to be filed Thursday or Friday.

The accused priest was ordained in 2012 at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hibbing and was also involved with the Assumption Catholic school associated with the parish, the Hibbing Daily Tribune says.

The diocese said in a statement that it takes "this development very seriously and are monitoring it closely," adding it will cooperate with authorities, MPR News notes.

In 2013, the Diocese of Duluth released the names of more than a dozen priests it said had been credibly accused of child sexual abuse – the priest arrested earlier this week was not on the list, MPR adds.

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