Statement on Curtis Wehmeyer Investigation
By Jim Accurso
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
November 15, 2013
A recent article in the StarTribune called into question the archdiocese’s cooperation in the summer of 2012 with St. Paul Police in the Curtis Wehmeyer case. These allegations are both unfortunate and unfounded, as we fully cooperated with the police investigation that ultimately resulted in Wehmeyer’s current prison sentence.
On September 21, 2012, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi was quoted on MPR saying that the archdiocese “…did the right thing. As soon as they got the complaint from the boys’ mother, they immediately called the police. Then they took immediate action and removed him from his position at the parish. That was the right thing, and we appreciate that in law enforcement.”
On September 24, 2013, Howie Padilla of the St. Paul Police was quoted in the Pioneer Press saying, “ … the archdiocese was helpful in the initial case against Wehmeyer.”
These quotes reaffirm that the archdiocese was cooperative in this case.
We continue to encourage anyone who suspects abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult within Church ministry—or any setting including the home or school—to first contact law enforcement. Any act of abuse against a minor or vulnerable adult is reprehensible and morally repugnant and we will not tolerate it.
Our first priority is to create and maintain safe environments where the Gospel of Jesus Christ can flourish. This means creating an environment for and implementing productive steps to promote a healthy clergy.
We deeply regret the pain caused by sexual abuse by members of the clergy, and we remain committed to protecting children and vulnerable adults, and promoting healing for victims. Anyone having knowledge of sexual abuse should call the proper authorities and is encouraged to notify the archdiocese’s Victim Assistance Coordinator at 651-291-4497.