Priest won’t be charged, but will remain on leave from Fargo Diocese

West Fargo Pioneer

By Robin Huebner

FARGO — A Catholic priest who won’t be criminally charged over allegations of ‘inappropriate activities’ with youth will remain on administrative leave until the Diocese of Fargo completes its own investigation, according to a diocese spokesperson.

Paul Braun, communications director for the diocese, released a statement July 28, a few hours after the Richland County State’s Attorney’s office said it would not pursue criminal charges against the Rev. Thomas Feltman.

Bishop John Folda will determine any future ministry assignments that best benefit the parishes, parishioners and the Rev. Feltman after the internal review is completed, according to the diocese release.

Feltman, 48, has been on paid administrative leave from churches in Wyndmere and Milnor since late May after he told church officials about concerns brought to him regarding his interaction with youth.

A statement from Richland County State’s Attorney Ron McBeth referenced incidents that occurred in Wyndmere in May.

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