St. Paul priest arrested; allegations of child abuse

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A St. Paul priest has been removed from his post after allegations surfaced that he sexually abused a minor.

The priest was arrested on Friday, but has not yet been charged. MPR News typically does not name suspects before they are charged. The abuse allegedly occurred during a two-year period.

Police spokesperson Howie Padilla said the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis approached police with the allegation.

"We had information on Thursday that there was a possible allegation of sex abuse regarding an employee of the archdiocese and a juvenile male victim," Padilla said. "The investigation is at this time ongoing."

Jim Accurso, a spokesperson for the archdiocese, said the church regrets any pain this situation has caused in the community.

Archdiocese officials learned about the accusations on Tuesday, June 19. On Wednesday, church officials met w...

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