St. Paul Police Ask Sex Abuse Victims to Step up

October 17, 2013

St. Paul police are asking any victims of sexual abuse by priests to come forward and share their stories with law enforcement.

Police Cmdr. Mary Nash made an open plea to victims Thursday. "We want to hear from you. We want to hear your story," said Nash.

She asked any victims to call St. Paul Police at 651-291-1111 and promised their identities would be kept confidential.

Nash said investigators are continuing to look into allegations of sexual misconduct by a priest in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

She declined to elaborate on the investigation, saying it is ongoing.

The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis issued a statement after the press conference, stating: "We join in solidarity with the St. Paul Police Department, and all civil authorities, in continuing to encourage anyone who suspects abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult within Church ministry--or any setting including the home or school--to first contact law enforcement. Any act of abuse against a minor or vulnerable adult is reprehensible and morally repugnant and we will not tolerate it."

Last week, St. Paul police reopened their investigation into allegations that a priest had pornography on his computer back in 2004, including images of possible child pornography.

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