Victims’ attorney sues church and says Choi is protecting church, abusive priests

Minnesota Public Radio

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Madeleine Baran St. Paul, Minn. Jan 30, 2014

Victims’ attorney Jeff Anderson sued the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Thursday then immediately slammed Ramsey County Attorney John Choi for what he called a “defective and deficient” response to allegations that top archdiocese leaders covered up clergy sex abuse.

Anderson, who was the first to expose the archdiocese’s failure to report sex crimes nearly three decades ago, said Choi’s handling of the abuse scandal is putting children at risk.

Anderson’s remarks came at a news conference held at his St. Paul office to announce the filing of a lawsuit on behalf of a victim of the Rev. Curtis Wehmeyer. The lawsuit accuses the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis of deceiving the public by saying it has made every effort to protect children and for failing to protect the young boy from Wehmeyer.

Anderson sharply criticized Choi’s decision Wednesday not to charge anyone at the archdiocese for failure to promptly report sexual abuse by the Rev. Curtis Wehmeyer in 2012.

“If I have to publicly shame John Choi for making the decision, that’s what I’ll do,” he said.

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