Priest arrested in Oakdale on suspicion of child molestation

The St. Paul priest was arrested in Oakdale on Friday.

A St. Paul priest was arrested in Oakdale Friday after he was accused of having sexual contact with a minor.

Curtis Carl Wehmeyer, 47, was arrested Friday and released from Ramsey County jail on Monday, according to the Pioneer Press. He has not been formally charged, but police are investigating the case as a sexual assault. 

A juvenile male told police that the abuse occurred for two years, said Howie Padilla, a spokesman of the St. Paul Police Department. 

Since the allegations emerged last week, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis removed Wehmeyer from his position as the pastor at the Parish of the Blessed Sacrament at 1801 LaCrosse Avenue in St. Paul, according to the Pioneer Press. 

The case is still under investigation. If anyone has any information regarding the case, call 651-266-5651. 

Joseph June 26, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Judy Jones June 26, 2012 at 01:11 AM
This brave victim is to be commended for speaking up and coming forward about being sexually abused. We hope that others who have knowledge or may have been harmed by Curtis Carl Wehmeyer, will contact the police, a therapist, or a support group. That is the best way to expose wrongdoing, protect others and start healing. Do not report you abuse to the diocese, they are not the proper officials to be investigating sex crimes against kids. Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511 snapjudy@gmail.com (SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world's oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 12,000 members. Despite the word "priest" in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers and increasingly, victims who were assaulted in a wide range of institutional settings like summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org).
Hannah Gruber (Editor) June 26, 2012 at 08:33 PM
I'm sorry Joseph, but I had to delete one of your comments since the link had some inaccurate information. Feel free to post again without the link!
julie birchem June 28, 2012 at 02:42 AM
I, myself was shocked for the day, and mulling over and over in my head how this is bizarre...why is father W guilty in everyone's eyes before being proven innocent? I am not saying the young boy is lying, the facts given do not add up! Father Curtis is a warm, gentle man...it doesn't make sense he would pick one child for two years and that child wouldn't have said anything. Everyone shouldn't be so quick to judgement. Even so, his devotion as a catholic priest is destroyed, at least here in the midwest. He knows the thuth, the boy knows the truth, and God knows the truth.
Pam French July 02, 2012 at 10:47 AM
I agree to the extent that he deserves a trial. However, we have seen many instances of priests abusing children for years before they speak up.


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