Assignment Record – Rev. Curtis Carl Wehmeyer

Summary of Case: Wehmeyer was arrested in June 2012 on charges of criminal sexual conduct after a woman reported to police that the priest molested her 12-year-old son in the summer of 2010. Wehmeyer was removed from his St. Paul, MN parish June 21, 2012. Investigators learned that the boy's 14-year-old brother was present during the abuse, and that he, too, was targeted. The incidents occurred in the priest's camper in the church parking lot and on an overnight camping trip. The boys said Wehmeyer gave them alcohol and marijuana and showed them pornography. Police found child pornography on Wehmeyer's laptop computer, which resulted in further charges. Wehmeyer pleaded guilty on all counts. He had been arrested previously, in 2009, on charges of Driving While Intoxicated. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 90 days in jail and 2 years of supervised probation. Wehmeyer was sentenced in February 2013 to 5 years in prison on child sexual abuse and pornography charges. In November 2014 Wehmeyer was charged with sexual assault in 2011 of a teen boy in WI. The archdiocese announced in March 2015 that Wehmeyer had been laicized. On June 5, 2015 the county criminally charged the archdiocese for failing to protect children in Wehmeyer's abuse of 3 minors. Civil charges were also brought; in December 2015 a settlement agreement stipulated that the civil case would be dropped after 3 years if the church put in place its policies and practices to protect children.


Ordained
: 2001
Incardinated: St. Paul-Minneapolis
Laicized: March 2015


   

Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes

2001

St. Paul-Minneapolis archbishop was Harry Joseph Flynn (1995-2008).

2006 St. Joseph's

West St. Paul

In 2004 Wehmeyer is said to have made sexual overtures toward two young
men
, ages 19 and 20, at a Roseville bookstore.

In 2006 a police officer found Wehmeyer hanging out at a park that was known as a popular spot for anonymous sex. The officer said the priest told him, "I'm a priest. I know I shouldn't be here."

MN 2/2

St. Joseph's had a school with 750-680 students and a religious education program with 315-170 students.

A concerned parishioner informed Vicar General, Rev. Kevin McDonough, of the incident in the bookstore. McDonough met with the parishioner and one of the young men who was approached by Wehmeyer, and told them that Wehmeyer was in counseling. Wehmeyer was sent to St. Luke's Institute in Maryland for in-patient treatment. He was also ordered to attend Sexaholics Anonymous meetings.

The police officer in 2006 warned McDonough about Wehmeyer.

2006

Flynn was succeeded by John Clayton Nienstedt (2008-).

2012 Blessed Sacrament St. Paul MN 1/1

Blessed Sacrament has a religious education program with 52-156 students.

In 2008 Ms. Jennifer Haselburger was hired by the archdiocese as Chancellor for Canonical Affairs. She said in a 2013 interview tht she discovered in Wehmeyer's personnel file in 2008 that Wehmeyer had a sexual addiction, and that he had violated the archdiocese's code of conduct. Haselburger knew that the new archbishop was considering making Wehmeyer pastor; she appealed to Nienstedt to review the file. Wehmeyer was made pastor of St. Thomas/Blessed Sacrament.

2009 2012 St. Thomas the Apostle/Blessed Sacrament

St. Paul

In 2009 the archdiocese received multiple complaints about Wehmeyer: from a priest who said Wehmeyer approached him for sex; from someone saying Wehmeyer was acting suspiciously with boys at a campground; and in Sept. 2009 Wehmeyer was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated. Police received a complaint about him appearing intoxicated and asking young men, ages 18-21, if they wanted to party with him. He was staying nearby in his camper at a state park. Wehmeyer pleaded guilty to the DWI and was sentenced to 90 days in jail and two years supervised probation. He was told to serve 4 days on electric home monitoring.

In June 2012 Wehmeyer was arrested on charges of sexually abusing a 12- year-old boy during the summer of 2010. The abuse took place in a camper on church property and on a camping trip. He also abused the boy's 14 year-old brother. Wehmeyer gave the boys alcohol and marijuana and showed them child pornography. The boys' mother went to the police and Wehmeyer was removed from the parish June 21, 2012.

Wehmeyer was charged in November 2014 with the sexual assault of a teen boy in 2011. His accuser told police Wehmeyer gave him alcohol and marijuana during a camping trip in WI, and that he awoke to find the priest in bed with him, touching him sexually.

MN 1/1 Pastor

St. Thomas the Apostle had a religious education program with 100-133 students.

St. Thomas merged with Blessed Sacrament in 2009.

The mother of the two boys who were abused by Wehmeyer stated in an Oct. 2013 interview that in 2009 she was told by then Twin Cities Vicar General and now bishop of Duluth, Paul Sirba, that she should be sure that an adult be present on camping trips with her sons and Wehmeyer. This was after Sirba learned that Wehmeyer had taken one of the women's son on a camping trip alone. She said the gist of Sirba's message was that the appearance of scandal needed to be avoided.

2012    

St. Paul

Wehmeyer was charged in October 2012 with 17 counts of possession of child pornography after investigators found on his laptop computer "still images and video clips depicting sex acts involving prepubescent males".

MN  

Wehmeyer pleaded guilty in Nov. 2012 to "criminal sexual conduct and possession of child pornography." He was sentenced to 5 years in prison.

He was permanently removed from ministry in 2012. In March 2015 the archdiocese announced Wehmeyer's laicization by the Vatican.

The archdiocese was criminally charged by the county for failure to protect children related to Wehmeyer's abuse of 3 minors. Civil charges were also brought but, in a December 2015 settlement agreement, they would be dropped after 3 years if the archdiocese implemented its child protection policies and procedures.

 

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 2001-2011)

Statement of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis Regarding Father Curtis Wehmeyer, By Jim Accurso, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, June 24, 2012
St. Paul Priest Arrested on Suspicion of Sexual Assault of a Minor, By Mara H. Gottfried, Pioneer Press, June 25, 2012
MN-Victims Blast Catholic Officials for Delay in Child Sex Arrest, By David Clohessy, Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests,
June 25, 2012
Archdiocese Removes, Reports Priest Accused in Abuse, By Leah Beno, My Fox Twin Cities, June 26, 2012
St. Paul Priest Suspected of Sexual Assault of Minor Has Dwi Record, By Mara H. Gottfried, Pioneer Press, June 29, 2012
Oakdale Priest, 47, Charged in Sex Assault of Boy, 12, By Emily Gurnon, Pioneer Press, September 20, 2012
St. Paul Priest Charged with Abusing 2 Boys, CBS Minnesota, September 21, 2012
St. Paul Priest Charged with Molesting Two Boys, By David Chanen, Star Tribune, September 21, 2012
Parish Priest Charged with Molesting Children, KARE, September 21, 2012
MN-Snap Urges Three Dioceses to Work with Police, By Bob Schwiderski, Minnesota SNAP, September 27, 2012
Child Porn Charges Added to St. Paul Priest Accused of Sexually Abusing Brothers, By Mike Durkin, KMSP, October 9, 2012
More Sex Charges Filed against Priest Removed from St. Paul Church, By Joy Powell, Star Tribune , October 9, 2012
St. Paul Priest Charged with Abusing 2 Brothers, Child Porn, KSTC, October 9, 2012
St. Paul Priest Accused of Molestation Also Charged with Child Porn, By Emily Gurnon, Pioneer Press, October 9, 2012
Oakdale Priest, Charged with Sex Abuse and Child Porn, Appears in Court, By Emily Gurnon, Pioneer Press, October 10, 2012
Former St. Paul Pastor Admits to Child Sex Abuse, Possessing Child Porn, By Joy Powell, Star Tribune, November 8, 2012
Archdiocese Bars Wehmeyer from "Ever Exercising Priestly Ministry", By Emily Gurnon, Pioneer Press, November 9, 2012
Ramsey County District Court: Priest Guilty in Abuse of Brothers by Urmila Ramakrishnan, By Urmila Ramakrishnan, Pioneer Press, November 10, 2012
Statement Regarding Curtis Wehmeyer, By Jim Accurso, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, November 9, 2012
Former St. Paul Priest Sentenced for Sexual Abuse of Two Boys, By Emily Gurnon, Pioneer Press, February 1, 2013
Priest Gets Five Years in Child Sex-abuse Case, By Joy Powell, Star Tribune, February 1, 2013
The Church of the Blessed Sacrament in St. Paul, Grand Forks Herald, September 23, 2013
Story of Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ Wehmeyer Cover-up Shockingly Familiar, By Jeffrey R. Anderson , Jeff Anderson & Associates: September 23, 2013
Report: Archdiocese Knew of Priest's Misconduct, KTTC, September 23, 2013
Survivors Group Calls for Inquiry into Abusive Priest, Archdiocese Response after MPR Story, By Tom Scheck, Minnesota Public Radio, September 23, 2013
Ramsey Co. Attorney: Archdiocese's Response to Priest's Misconduct "Troubling", By Madeleine Baran, Minnesota Public Radio, September 23, 2013
Archdiocese Knew of Priest's Sexual Misbehavior, Yet Kept Him in Ministry, By Madeleine Baran, Minnesota Public Radio, September 23, 2013
A Response to Bill Donohue, By Kevin O'Brien, Waiting for Godot to Leave, September 25, 2013
To Archbishop Nienstedt, SNAP, September 30, 2013
Laird, Top Deputy of Archdiocese, Resigns, By Madeleine Baran, Minnesota Public Radio, October 3, 2013
Vicar General of St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese Resigns, By Jeff Strickler, Star Tribune, October 3, 2013
Top Deputy at Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Resigns, By Mike Durkin, Fox 9, October 4, 2013
Top Deputy of Archdiocese Resigns Amidst Scandal, KARE 11, October 4, 2013
Twin Cities Priest Scandal Is “worst Yet,” SNAP Says, SNAP, October 4, 2013
Former Archdiocese Official Pushes for Independent Review of Priest Files, By Madeleine Baran, Minnesota Public Radio, October 5, 2013
Statement by Twin Cities Voice of the Faithful Concerning Fr Jon Shelley and Fr Curtis Weymeyer, Twin Cities Voice of the Faithful, October 7, 2013
Ex Detroit Bishop Is in Firestorm of Controversy, SNAP, October 8, 2013
Mother Alleges Wider Church Coverup of Clergy Sexual Misconduct, By Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, October 8, 2013
Archdiocese of Wobegon, By Grant Gallicho, dotCommonweal, October 14, 2013
Retired Archbishop Harry Flynn Resigns from St. Thomas Trustees, By Madeleine Baran, The Minnesota Public Radio, October 19, 2013
Revered for His Work with the Poor, McDonough Now Entangled in Abuse Cases, By Baird Helgeson, The Star Tribune, October 27, 2013
What’s Bugging the St. Paul Police?, By Bill Donohue, Catholic League, November 15, 2013
St. Paul Police Fault Archdiocese's Handling of Priest before Arrest in Abuse Case, By Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, November 14, 2013
Statement on Curtis Wehmeyer Investigation, By Jim Accurso, The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, November 15, 2013
Judge Orders Names of Accused Priests Released, By Emily Gurnon, Pioneer Press, December 2, 2013
Pioneer Press 11.03.93; St Paul & Minneapolis List of Credibly Accused Priests, released December 5, 2013
Father Curtis Wehmeyer Timeline, January 29, 2014
Teen Molested by Priest Sues Archdiocese, Alleging It Concealed Abuse, Star Tribune, January 30, 2014
Mother of Priest's Victims Reveals Family Pain, More Abuse and Church's Rebuke, By Madeleine Baran, Minnesota Public Radio, February 25, 2014
Former Archdiocese Deputy Answers Questions under Oath about Handling of Sex Abuse Cases, By Madeleine Baran St. Paul, Minnesota Public Radio, April 16, 2014
Imprisoned priest charged with sexual abuse in Wisconsin, Minnesota Public Radio, November 17, 2014
Wehmeyer, convicted of sexual abuse, removed from the priesthood, By Peter Cox, Minnesota Public Radio, March 11, 2015
Archdiocese under Investigation in Pedophile Priest Case, By Esme Murphy, CBS Minnesota, May 21, 2015
Investigators Explore Ties between Nienstedt and Defrocked Priest, By Jean Hopfensperger, Star Tribune, June 16, 201
A Look at Key Archdiocese Leaders, How They Handled Wehmeyer, By Amy Forliti, Washington Times, June 21, 2015 Archdiocese, Ramsey Co. Agree to Settle Civil Charges in Priest Child Abuse Case, By Riham Feshir, Minnesota Public Radio, December 18, 2015

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This assignment record was last updated on December 30, 2015.


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