St. Paul priest charged with sexual misconduct involving two boysby Tim Nelson, Minnesota Public Radio
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Authorities in Ramsey County have charged a priest in St. Paul with molesting a young boy in his parish, and exposing himself to another.
Curtis Wehmeyer, 47, is accused of sexual contact two years ago with a 12-year-old boy and the boy's older brother, who was 14 at the time of alleged sexual misconduct. The boys attended the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in St. Paul.
Wehmeyer was arrested in June. He faces three counts of sexual misconduct. The criminal complaint details incidents during the summer of 2010 in a camper trailer in the parking lot at the church and on a camping trip at Big Sandy Lake near Aitkin.
Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said the boys' mother came to authorities earlier this summer. The mother reported Wehmeyer had allegedly touched the younger boy inappropriately. The complaint also says he offered the boys drugs and alcohol and showed them porn.
Choi said the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis acted quickly on the allegations.
"They did the right thing. As soon as they got the complaint from the boy's mother, they immediately called the police," Choi said. "Then they took immediate action and removed him from his position at the parish. That was the right thing, and we appreciate that in law enforcement."
Wehmeyer is not in custody, Choi said. Wehmeyer expected to make a first appearance on the charges next month.