Assignment Record – Rev. Lee D. Krautkremer

Summary of Case: Krautkremer was accused in 1983 of sexually abusing a 10-year-old altar boy in 1977 at a Wisconsin lake cabin. The boy and his parents said they were told by St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocesan officials that Krautkremer would never again work around children. He was subsequently transferred to a parish that had an elementary school. Bishop Carlson stated in 1983 that Krautkremer admitted to "a sexual relationship" with two boys twelve years previously. Krautkremer was a hospital chaplain from 1989 until he was removed from active ministry in April 2002. He is last known to be living in north Minneapolis.

: 1966
Incardinated: St. Paul-Minneapolis


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


St. Paul-Minneapolis archbishop was Leo Binz (1961-1975).

  Immaculate Conception Faribault MN associate priest  



1967 St. Peter's North St. Paul MN 3/3 St. Peter's had a school with 681 students.
1967 1968 St. Margaret Mary's Golden Valley MN 3/3 St. Margaret Mary's had a school with 637 students.
1968 1970 St. Michael's

St. Michael


MN associate priest

St. Michael's had a school with 188-393 students.

1970 1975 St. Michael's

West St. Paul

Per Bishop Carlson in 1983, Krautkremer admitted to "a sexual relationship" twelve years previously with two boys.

MN associate priest  


Binz was succeeded by John Robert Roach (1975-1995)

1978 St. Peter's

Forest Lake

Krautkremer was accused in 1983 of having sexually abused a 10 year-old boy at a WIsconsin lake cabin in 1977. The boy was a St. Peter's altar boy and parish school student. In 1983 the boy told his parents, who then met with archdiocesan officials.

MN 2/2 St. Peter's had a school with 306-330 students.


Harry Joseph Flynn followed Roach as St. Paul-Minneapolis archbishop (1995-2008)

1984 Boy Scouts St. Paul-Minneapolis MN Director  
1978 1984 St. Joseph's

Lino Lakes


MN 1/1, 1/2 Krautkremer was removed from St. Joseph's after the parents of a boy from the priest's previous parish reported to the archdiocese that Krautkremer sexually abused their son in 1977. The parents claimed they were told that Krautkremer would never again work around children.
1984 1987 St. Michael's St. Michael MN 1/1 St. Michael's had a school with 184-195 students.
1987 1992 Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Bohemian) Minneapolis MN 1/1

Krautkremer is sometimes indexed and listed in the Directories as "Leo D."

Despite news reports that Krautkramer was removed from this parish in 1988 he continues to be indexed and listed in the archdiocesan pages as there in the Directories through 1992.

1987 2002 North Memorial Hospital Golden Valley   Krautkremer is not indexed beyond the 2002 Directory. Krautkremer is not indexed beyond the 2002 Directory. He was removed from active ministry in April 2002.


John Clayton Nienstedt replaced Flynn

2013   Minneapolis MN  

Krautkremer was laicized in 2006.

Krautkremer was known in 2007 to be living in a north Minneaoplis neighborhood.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1966-2002)

Church Officials Say Church Erred on Assignments, By Patrick Howe, Associated Press, July 16, 2002
St. Paul: Man Takes Abuse Claim to Cathedral, By Stephen Scott, Pioneer Press, July 17, 2002
Sexual Abuse Victims Question Archbishop, By Berk Brown, Forest Lake Times, October 16, 2002
Theodore James Krammer, Jr., Appellant, vs. The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Respondent, Father Lee D. Krautkremer, Respondent, Jan. 4, 2005
Bishop's Administrative Role Hit in Old Sexual Abuse Allegations, By Denise Ford-Mitchell, Saginaw News, January 8, 2005
Sins of Thy Neighbor, By Trish Van Pilsum, My Fox Twin Cities [Minnesota], February 1, 2007
Archdiocese Paid $11 Million for Misconduct by Priests, By Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, October 23, 2013
St. Paul & Minneapolis List of Credibly Accused Priests, released Dec. 5, 2013

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This assignment record was last updated on Dec. 9, 2013