Jeff Anderson files lawsuit against archdiocese in convicted St. Paul priest’s case, blasts county attorney

Pioneer Press

[Documents via Jeff Anderson & Associates:

Criminal Complaint 1
Criminal Complaint 2
Wehmeyer Timeline
Emails Between Archdiocese and SPPD June 20-21, 2012
Wehmeyer Docs – Highlighted
Photo of Nienstedt
Photo of Wehmeyer ]

By Emily Gurnon
POSTED: 01/30/2014

St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson said officials of the Twin Cities archdiocese Thursday hid evidence and obstructed an investigation into child sexual abuse by the Rev. Curtis Wehmeyer.

Anderson also blasted Ramsey County Attorney John Choi for choosing not to prosecute church officials on charges of failure to report sexual abuse, obstruction of legal process or aiding an offender.

“Law enforcement and John Choi chose to give them a pass,” Anderson said. “They did not treat them nor have they treated them like ordinary suspects in a criminal enterprise.”

Anderson’s assertions about the archdiocese are “false, inflammatory and misleading,” archdiocese spokesman Jim Accurso said in a written statement Thursday. “We take particular exception to his unfounded assumptions regarding the intent and actions of Archbishop (John) Nienstedt, who has been resolute in his commitment to strictly adhering to both canon and civil laws.

“We wish to reassert that we have cooperated with civil authorities and will continue to do so,” the statement said.

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