Police reviewing new document in Archdiocese clergy sex abuse case


Boua Xiong, KARE

ST. PAUL, Minn.–For three decades attorney Jeff Anderson has been filing clergy sex abuse lawsuits. This is the first time he’s publicly criticized law enforcement.

Anderson doesn’t believe Ramsey County attorney John Choi and St Paul Police Chief Tom Smith didn’t do their jobs.

“They didn’t seize one piece of evidence. They didn’t execute one search warrant,” Anderson said.

That’s why Anderson filed a new lawsuit against the Archdiocese. The suit alleges the Archdiocese destroyed evidence and failed to report abuse by Reverend Curtis Wehemeyer. Anderson says the evidence of cover-up is there, pointing to a document first obtained by MPR which showed church leaders knew about Wehemyer but delayed reporting.

The county attorney’s office and St. Paul Police are reviewing the document, which they did not have on Wednesday when they announced no criminal charges would be filed against the Archdiocese. Howie Padilla, with St. Paul Police, wrote in an email to KARE 11 they will not reopening the case at this time.

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