Former Hutchinson priest accused of sexual abuse
By Jeremy Jones
August 17, 2017
|The Rev. James Devorak|
Glencoe Police Chief Jim Raiter confirmed Thursday morning that police are investigating an accusation of sexual abuse against the Rev. James Devorak.
Devorak was assigned to St. Pius X parish in Glencoe from 1985 to 1995, and at St. Anastasia parish in Hutchinson and St. Boniface parish of Stewart from 1995 to 2000.
According to the New Ulm Diocese, he has been accused of sexual abuse while serving in Glencoe. Raiter said he could provide no other details about the investigation.
“Police, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and affected parishes are being notified of this allegation,” Bishop John M. LeVoir of the Diocese of New Ulm said in a statement. “Fr. Devorak is a retired priest of the Diocese of New Ulm. His last assignment in the Diocese of New Ulm ended in July 2015. From July 2015 to July 31, 2017, he was assigned within the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis as a parochial vicar.”
Devorak served as parochial vicar at the church of Corpus Christi and the Church of Saint Rose Lima in Roseville until his letter of good standing was rescinded. Pending an investigation, Devorak has been removed from public ministry. This is standard procedure in accord with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Young People.
Devorak, who was ordained in 1972, has also served in churches in Clara City, Granite Falls, Montevideo and others.
Devorak has provided a statement to law enforcement. He denies the allegation.