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Nienstedt returns to public ministry

  • Associated Press
  • March 11, 2014 - 5:35 PM

MINNEAPOLIS — The leader of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis says he'll return to public ministry, after authorities announced they will decline to prosecute him over an allegation of inappropriate touching.

Archbishop John Nienstedt has always denied a claim that he touched a boy on the buttocks during a public photo session in 2009. But he stepped down from public ministry on Dec. 17 while police investigated.

Prosecutors said Tuesday there is insufficient evidence to bring charges.

Nienstedt says in a statement he's thankful for the thorough investigation and looks forward to returning to public ministry as Easter is approaching.

He says he continues to pray for everyone affected by clergy sexual abuse.

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