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With abuse law ending, Diocese of Winona faces uncertain future

With abuse law ending, Diocese of Winona faces uncertain future

By Jerome Christenson, Winona Daily News On May 31, 1958, Thomas Paul Adamson was ordained a priest for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Winona. More than a half-century later, the Diocese of Winona has received 36 accusations of child sexual abuse by Adamson, one of 17 men who served as priests in the diocese who…
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Businessman faces lawsuits related to sexual abuse

Businessman faces lawsuits related to sexual abuse

By Gretchen Brown on Mar 2, 2016 at 11:33 p.m. West Central Tribune (Willmar, MN) — Willmar businessman Peter Clare Hoagland pleaded guilty in October to eight counts of criminal sexual conduct in Kandiyohi County District Court, but his use of an Alford plea means he never was asked to admit to specific allegations. Two…
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Girls abused by clergy members, and others, are focus of new team

By Jean Hopfensperger, Star Tribune A national team of lawyers has joined forces to focus on a group of children who are underrepresented in clergy abuse cases — namely, girls. The group announced its first legal action Monday, a suit by a Minnesota woman who charges that she was sexually abused for several years in the…
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Man claims Minnesota nun sexually abused him in the ’60s

Man claims Minnesota nun sexually abused him in the ’60s

By Curtis Gilbert, MPR The Archdiocese of New Ulm faces a lawsuit over alleged sexual abuse by a nun in the 1960s. It’s the first case involving a nun filed under a Minnesota law temporarily lifting the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse lawsuits. Doug Devorak claims Sister Mary Regina Hebig repeatedly fondled him…
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