Diocese Of St. Cloud Facing 2 New Lawsuits Over Sexual Abuse Claims

CBS Minnesota
August 24, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Diocese of St. Cloud will soon be facing new legal charges over allegations of sexual abuse.

Two unidentified women say they were abused as minors in Randall, Minnesota by Father Donald Rieder, a 40-year priest with the church. They say it happened when they were ages 11 to 15 in the 1960s.

Attorneys say they’ll announce the filing of two lawsuits on behalf of the women at a press conference Tuesday in St. Cloud. The lawsuits name St. James and St. Anne’s as defendants, in addition to the Diocese.

According to a statement from the women’s attorneys, Rieder pled guilty in 2003 to abusing another young girl in the 1990s, among others. One of the victims will speak publicly about her sexual abuse at the press conference Tuesday.


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