SD reservation opens investigation into Minn. priest's alleged sexual abuse

SD reservation opens investigation into Minn. priest's alleged sexual abuse

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Law enforcement authorities on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota have opened an investigation into alleged sexual abuse of children by a Minnesota priest.

Supervisory special agent Grace Her Many Horses said authorities will attempt to locate several men who as boys may have been sexually abused by the Rev. Clarence Vavra. She said they will also try to interview Vavra and officials with the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Tribal investigators will likely ask the FBI for assistance, she said.

"We would interview the victims and anyone else who would have knowledge of this," Her Many Horses said. "And, apparently the archdiocese did have knowledge of it. Otherwise they wouldn't have moved him around."

The development follows an MPR News investigation that found Vavra, had admitted to...

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