2 sue St. Cloud diocese, parishes

St. Cloud Times

David Unze, dunze@stcloudtimes.com August 25, 2015

Two women who say they were sexually abused by a now-deceased St. Cloud Diocese priest sued the diocese and two parishes where they say the abuse happened on Tuesday.

The women, who were not named, accuse Donald Rieder of sexually abusing them at parishes in Randall and Kimball in the 1960s when the girls where between the ages of 11 and 15. The lawsuits allege negligence and accuse the diocese of common law nuisance, a legal claim that has led to the release of dozens of priest personnel files in other religious orders.

And that’s the intent of the negligence claim in the lawsuits filed Tuesday in Stearns County District Court.

“The reality is that these suits are necessary to disgorge the truth about Rieder’s history and all of the other known offenders,” said Jeffrey Anderson, the attorney representing the women.

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