Stearns Judge Allows Nuisance Claim to Proceed

LaCross Tribune
June 30, 2015

A Stearns County judge is allowing a public nuisance claim to proceed against the Diocese of St. Cloud.

The claim is part of a lawsuit by a man who accuses former St. Cloud diocese priest James Thoennes of abusing him when he was a boy in Foley in the early 1970s.

[suit claims the diocese knew of past abuse by Thoennes before it assigned him to St. John's parish in Foley. The St. Cloud Times reports (http:]

The public nuisance claim led to the release of numerous priest files in a separate lawsuit in Ramsey County against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.








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