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Published January 29, 2014, 10:34 AM

No charges for Minn. church leaders in abuse case

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Authorities in Minnesota say they won't charge officials in the St. Paul and Minneapolis Archdiocese over their handling of a St. Paul priest who sexually abused two boys.

By: Amy Forliti, Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Authorities in Minnesota say they won't charge officials in the St. Paul and Minneapolis Archdiocese over their handling of a St. Paul priest who sexually abused two boys.

Prosecutors say they can't prove church leaders failed to properly report abuse by the Rev. Curtis Wehmeyer (WAY'-meye-uhr).

Church leaders removed Wehmeyer from his post in June 2012 after learning of the allegations involving two brothers.

Internal church documents showed archdiocese leaders knew well before then that Wehmeyer had issues with sexual misconduct. Archdiocese leaders have said they didn't suspect Wehmeyer would abuse children, but they have apologized for not handling the matter more aggressively.

Wehmeyer is serving five years in prison.


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