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. 

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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. 

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Cindy Edwards Carmona September 24, 2012 at 10:31 PM
GROSS!!!!!! and the fact the he is still called "Reverend" sickens me! Strip him of that title!!! He should not be able to keep such a sacred title!!!!
MsBehavin10 September 25, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Priests are typically known as Father...not Reverend. I agree with Cindy, he deserves no titles associated with authority.
starr September 26, 2012 at 06:52 PM
I hope that people will remember to wait until there is a trial and allow Wehmeyer to defend himself if he is not guilty. I am proud of these young men for being brave enough to speak out, and I hope it helps others come forward if they have also been victims. Getting help and counseling for these boys now will help a great deal. But we do not want to forget that what makes are country great is the presumption of innocence, until there is a verdict. And we should do it in all cases, no matter how terrible we judge the situation. The circumstances of these witnesses are completely different then a situation I read about in the Hudson Patch. Mr Barnett had his guilt decided by many just because the allegations made of sexually misconduct are so repulsive to the population in general. It was so unfair to this man. The DA's office should never have charged this man, even after it was proven that the witnesses, had lied, they still did not dismiss the charges. Hard to understand the lack of concern by the Police and DA's Office on that case, they should have had the DNA test done before having charges filed , that they knew would ruin this mans reputation and life. He was proven completely Innocent. This is just an example of why we have to remember to treat everyone the same, no matter how repulsive the allegations are. If he is guilty, we should pray that he will admit the truth, and save these boys from having to endure a trial.
mary ames September 30, 2012 at 01:45 PM
In the Bible Matthew 23:9 no other man should on earth should be called father. Blasphemy. So it is what it is. I am not judging him, but I do live by the Bible!


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