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Less than a year after returning to Minnesota, Hoefgen was assigned to St. Boniface in Hastings. According to the lawsuit, he began abusing a 10-year-old boy in the parish in 1989 and continued abusing him through 1992. The alleged abuse was not reported to police at that time.
“Fran is the lion, these guys are the lion tamers and they turned him loose on Hastings,” Wall said. “That’s the sad part. They knew.”
Wall said that Hoefgen was removed from Hastings “overnight” in October 1992 and sent to St. John’s after the archdiocese got word that Anderson was going to file a lawsuit in the 1983 Cold Spring case.
Like other suits by Anderson, the latest one presses for the archdiocese to release the names of 33 priests in the archdiocese and 17 clerics at the abbey who have been credibly accused of sexually molesting children. In 2011, as part of a separate case, St. John’s released the names of the 17 credibly accused Benedictines, but Tuesday’s lawsuit alleges that the list was later removed from the St. John’s website.
In a separate suit, attorney Patrick Noaker of Minnetonka filed a sexual abuse complaint Monday in St. Paul on behalf of a Colorado man. It accuses the late Rev. William Marks of abusing him when he was an altar boy at St. John’s Catholic Church in Hector, Minn. The complaint said the archdiocese knew of Marks’ abuse but did not act on it.
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