No charges against Rev. Dolan after Edina child porn probe
May 18, 2016
EDINA, Minn. (KMSP) - No charges will be filed against Father Timothy Dolan after the Edina Police Department completed its investigation into allegations the Fridley, Minn. pastor was in possession of child pornography. The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis released the following statement Wednesday:
“The Edina Police Department notified us that its criminal investigation is complete and that the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office will not pursue charges against Father Timothy Dolan, who is on a required leave from ministry. Father Dolan had been pastor at Saint William Church in Fridley, a position he recently resigned.
“In accordance with our protocols and with law enforcement’s permission, the Archdiocese’s Office of Ministerial Standards and Safe Environment will now conduct an internal investigation focused on Father Dolan’s fitness for ministry.
“At the completion of the internal investigation, this matter will be reviewed by the Ministerial Review Board (MRB). That board and the Director of the Office of Ministerial Standards and Safe Environment will then make recommendations to me regarding Father Dolan’s fitness for ministry. The investigative and review processes are thorough and it is uncertain how long these processes will take.”
In late February, Dolan’s apartment was searched by Edina police after neighbors reported sounds of a child "in distress” in several incidents over the past few years.