Oakdale Priest Charged in Sexual Assault of Boy
Rev. Curtis Carl Wehmeyer was arrested in Oakdale in June and was charged with criminal sexual conduct last week.
An Oakdale priest who was arrested earlier this summer on suspicion of child molestation has now been charged with criminal sexual conduct involving a 12-year-old boy.
Curtis Carl Wehmeyer, 47, of Oakdale, was arrested in June after a boy came forward to authorities accusing Wehmeyer of sexually assaulting him for two years.
Wehmeyer is now facing one count of second degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of fifth degree criminal sexual conduct after allegedly sexually assaulting the boy in his private camper trailer on the church parking lot, according to the Oakdale-Lake Elmo Review.
Charges were filed on Sept. 20.
Wehmeyer is the former paster of the Parish of the Blessed Sacrament in St. Paul. When sexual allegations emerged the church removed Wehmeyer from his ministerial duties.
The abuse allegedly occurred in the summer of 2010. The boy told authorities that Wehmeyer gave the boy beer and marijuana and showed him pornographic images and videos in the trailer, according to the Pioneer Press report.
The boy said that Wehmeyer removed the boy's pants and underwear and touched him while exposing his own genitals to the boy, the Pioneer Press reports.
The boy also said that his older brother had been present during some of the incidents. The brother — who was 15 years old at the time — told officers that Wehmeyer would take the boys on camping trips and had asked him to take his pants off, but he refused, according to the Oakdale-Lake Elmo Review.
If found guilty Wehmeyer could face up to 25 years in prison and pay a $35,000 fine for the second degree criminal sexual conduct charge in addition to one year in prison and a $3,000 fine for each of the fifth degree criminal sexual conduct charges.