St. Paul priest who molested boys defrocked by Vatican

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POSTED: 03/11/2015 12:01:00 AM CDT | UPDATED: ABOUT 4 HOURS AGO

By Elizabeth Mohr
emohr@pioneerpress.com

Curtis Carl Wehmeyer (Courtesy of Minnesota Department of Corrections)

Curtis Carl Wehmeyer (Courtesy of Minnesota Department of Corrections)

Curtis Wehmeyer, a priest convicted of molesting two boys, has been defrocked, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis said Wednesday.

Wehmeyer, 50, is serving a five-year prison term for molesting two brothers from the Parish of the Blessed Sacrament on St. Paul’s East Side while he was pastor there in 2010. He also was convicted of possessing child pornography.

Wehmeyer was charged in November in Chippewa County, Wis., with sex assault for alleged sexual contact with a teenage boy who passed out after drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana in 2011. No plea has been entered in that case, according to online court records.

The Twin Cities archdiocese requested that Wehmeyer be defrocked.

Archbishop John Nienstedt announced the Vatican’s decision in a statement, saying Wehmeyer is now “permanently and definitively barred from presenting himself as a priest or exercising priestly ministry.”

Nienstedt said Wehmeyer has been made aware of the Holy See’s decision.

This report includes information from the Associated Press. Elizabeth Mohr can be reached at 651-228-5162. Follow her at twitter.com/LizMohr.

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