Neighbors React to Crookston Priest Accused of Abuse

May 10, 2017

[with video]

Parishioners say Father Roger Grundhaus wasn't at services Tuesday morning. Some thought he was out of town. Turns out he is home, but not saying a word to the media.

Roger Grundhaus' garage door was open, so WDAZ knocked on his front door.

As WDAZ was packing up to leave the neighborhood, Grundhaus shut his garage door and went back inside.

Neighbors say the reverend is a nice man and pillar of the community. They want the Bishop to respond to the allegations but he refused to go on camera.

But the diocese did release a statement, denying Bishop Michael Hoeppner "forced, coerced or encouraged Mr. Vasek to not pursue his allegations."

It also states that Grundhaus retired in 2010, and is suspended from active ministry.

Neighbor Dylen Inget lives down the street from Grunhaus.

Inget: "I'm surprised, shocked and I can't believe it. He seemed nice. He said I could stay there and all that. I just thought he was a really nice guy and he didn't anything like that'd be out of the ordinary."

But now, neighbors are left with questions and confusion about the man they thought they knew.

The statement from the diocese also says the victim reported the allegations to authorities in 2011.








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