Ramsey County dismisses child protection case against St. Paul archdiocese

Minneapolis Star Tribune

January 28, 2020

The archdiocese will present a final report Tuesday to Ramsey County court.

By Jean Hopfensperger

After four years of court monitoring, the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office dismissed its child protection case against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on Tuesday.

Children in archdiocese churches and schools are safer today than they were five years ago, when the county sued the archdiocese for failure to protect children, county and archdiocese leaders said.

“This is like a marathon,” Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said. “The work will continue to occur.”

The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office had filed civil and criminal charges against the archdiocese in 2015 alleging it failed to respond to repeated reports of sexual misconduct by former St. Paul priest Curtis Wehmeyer. The priest went on to sexually abuse the children of one of his church employees in a camper he parked outside the church.

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