Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Abp. Nienstedt Cleared - Resumes Duties - accusations "unlikely"

via Creative Minority Report
Prosecutors call the boy's claims 'unlikely.'

When Archbishop Nienstedt stepped down to be cleared of this allegation, I wondered at the precedent. I still do. But in his particular case, I cannot imagine he could have handled it better. He volunteered to step down and has now been cleared. He has been the very model of accountability and transparency. May God bless him.

[The Minneapolis Star-Tribune]

Archbishop John Nienstedt will return to full duties in the Catholic Church after the Ramsey County attorney’s office found insufficient evidence to support what it called an “unlikely” allegation that he touched a boy’s buttocks after a confirmation ceremony in 2009.

The office began reviewing reports and evidence provided by police in late December and on Tuesday announced that the investigation didn’t support the filing of criminal charges.

Assistant Ramsey County Attorney Richard Dusterhoft, the office’s criminal division director, said in a memo that the scenario described in the allegation “seems unlikely.” The allegation accused the archbishop of using a public moment after the confirmation to “sexually touch a random boy openly in front of another clergy member, a deacon, and numerous other confirmands while the confirmands’ family members were preparing to document the moment’’ with photos, Dusterhoft wrote.

“This case was reviewed by an assistant county attorney with many years of experience prosecuting child sex abuse cases,” Dusterhoft’s memo said. “It is that attorney’s experienced and considered opinion that based upon the evidence as presented by police this case could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt and should not be charged.”
also: Archbishop Nienstedt cleared and back on the job! 

Whomever put this boy up to this should to be ashamed of themselves. 

1 comment:

  1. Past events have shown that allegations being made always make impossible to fulfill the duties of either a priest or a Bishop. It was therefore the right thing to do for the duration of the investigation. In fact, any priest who is accused of sexual and other crimes is suspended from his duties while being investigated. Similar actions are taken in other professions.
    I am happy to hear however that the Archbishop has been cleared. It shows two things: (1) the secular system of investigations is not biased against the Catholic Churc and (2) that the episcopate has learned from the past.

    ReplyDelete

Please contact matt@badgercatholic.com if you have issues commenting.