Chronology of clergy abuse, May 2013-present

  • Updated: May 24, 2014 - 10:13 PM

May 2013: First lawsuit under new law is filed by John Doe 1, a man alleging abuse by former priest Tom Adamson in 1970s.

September: Whistleblower Jennifer Haselberger tells Minnesota Public Radio that top archdiocese officials knew about sexual misconduct of Curtis Wehmeyer years before he was found guilty in 2012 of abusing two boys.

October: Vicar General Peter Laird resigns following reports of archdiocese mishandling of priest abuse reports.

The Rev. Michael Keating takes leave of absence from University of St. Thomas after a young woman files suit.

Former Archbishop Harry Flynn steps down as chairman of the board of trustees at the University of St. Thomas.

Former Vicar General Kevin McDonough resigns from University of St. Thomas board.

Archdiocese creates task force to review abuse policies.

November: Judge orders list of “credibly accused priests” to be made public.

December: Archdiocese releases the names of 33 credibly accused priests.

March: Ramsey District judge orders archdiocese to produce files related to credibly abused priests.

April: Archbishop John Nienstedt and the Rev. Kevin McDonough give sworn, videotaped depositions. Archdiocese’s internal task force issues report saying the archdiocese suffers from “serious shortcomings” in its handling of child sex abuse.

May: Former Archbishop Harry Flynn gives sworn deposition.

First criminal charges following new law are filed against former priest, Fran Hoefgen, in Dakota County court.

Jean Hopfensperger

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