Prosecution decision for St. Paul priest sex abuse case - KMSP-TV

No charges for officials in St. Paul priest sex abuse case

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

Ramsey County prosecutors said they will not charge officials in connection with a former St. Paul priest accused of sexually abusing two young brothers.

Prosecutors said they were unable to prove that the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis violated abuse reporting guidelines.

Curtis Carl Wehmeyer, 48, was charged in Ramsey County in Oct. with 15 counts of possession of child pornography. Those charges come on top of second- and fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct charges filed last month for the alleged sexual abuse of two boys who were part of Blessed Sacrament Catholic parish in St. Paul.

Prosecutors said they're still troubled by reporting practices by the church in cases of clergy sexual abuse, but they made clear other Archdiocese clergy sex abuse investigations will press on. St. Paul police said the Archdiocese is granting more access in ongoing sex abuse investigations. Police added they expect full transparency from the church.

The Archdiocese said Wehmeyer was ordained in 2001 and in 2011, when the Church of St. Thomas of the Apostle merged with the Blessed Sacrament, Wehmeyer was put in charge of both churches. He was removed in June 2012.

According to the criminal complaint regarding his most recent charges, a search warrant was executed on the rectory of the church as part of the sexual abuse investigation. After conducting a forensic exam on a seized laptop, investigators found a number of "still images and video clips depicting sex acts involving prepubescent males."

The Archdiocese has been under fire since the latter part of 2013 due to its alleged lack of transparency in handling allegations of clergy abuse. The Archdiocese released a list in December of 30 priests with credible claims against them of sexually abusing a minor.

Read more: Archdiocese releases list of priests accused of sexual abuse

Meanwhile, Archbishop John Nienstedt voluntarily stepped aside from all public ministry while investigation is underway regarding his alleged inappropriate touching of a boy during a 2009 confirmation ceremony photo. Nienstedt contends the allegation is "absolutely and entirely false."

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