Retired Fargo priest banned from public ministry after abuse investigation

Fargo Forum / Inforum

June 18, 2020

By Thomas Evanella

A retired priest accused of sexually abusing a teen in the 1970s has been banned from public ministry following an internal investigation by the Diocese of Fargo, a spokesman said Thursday, June 18.

The victim, who spoke to The Forum anonymously in June of 2019, alleged that Father Jack Herron groped her and made inappropriate advances in the rectory of Saint Anthony of Padua, located south of downtown Fargo. She was about 15 or 16 years old at the time, she said.

After she reported the allegations to the diocese in March 2018, a diocese advocate accompanied her to report the claims to the police.

“When the allegation was first received, it was referred to law enforcement. The canonical investigation and review by the diocesan review board is complete,” the Diocese said in a news release. “It was determined that Father Herron would not have faculties to engage in public ministry,” the release continued.

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