MN--MN predator priest is charged in WI
For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 17
Statement by Frank Meuers of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (952-334-5180, [email protected])
We are grateful that a Minnesota predator priest now faces more child sex charges in Wisconsin. This is important because child molesting clerics often get great defense lawyers who exploit legal technicalities. They often end up with few or no consequences and soon walk free and hurt more children.
We hope this doesn’t happen with Fr. Curtis Wehmeyer.
Twin Cities law enforcement officials seem to have no shortage of excuses as to why they aren’t being more aggressive or successful in pursuing Catholic officials who commit or conceal child sex crimes. But with every passing week, those excuses ring more and more hollow.
We are glad that law enforcement officials elsewhere are doing what Twin Cities law enforcement officials aren’t doing – filing criminal charges against clerics who hurt kids.
We applaud Chippewa County Wisconsin officials who are going after Fr. Wehmeyer. And more important, we applaud the brave victim who is protecting kids by helping police and prosecutors keep a predator away from children.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 18,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)