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Continued: Twin Cities Archdiocese releases details on two abusive priests

‘Ongoing disclosure’

Accurso said Tuesday that the church voluntarily released details about the priests Monday.

“We did so as part of our commitment to prudent and ongoing disclosure,” he said.

New details were also revealed about the Rev. Kenneth LaVan, along with previously reported abuse by the Rev. Curtis Wehmeyer and the Rev. John Michael Stevens.

LaVan’s first alleged abuses were against two girls between 1958 and 1970, the statement said. The church settled lawsuits brought by the two victims in 1989 and 1992. The priest was required to “undergo treatment,’’ the statement said, and was returned to parish ministry at St. Joseph in Lino Lakes “with monitoring.’’ He later provided assistance at St. Olaf church in Minneapolis.

LaVan, who stopped serving as a priest last December, also has been accused of sexually abusing a woman who suffered from “mental illness and a brain injury,’’ the archdiocese said. She was one of multiple women who leveled accusations of abusive sexual behavior against the priest.

“The archdiocese deeply regrets the egregious acts of these men and the unimaginable harm suffered by victims, their families and their communities,’’ Monday’s statement said. • 612-270-4708 • 612-673-4213

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