Suit: Priest admitted abuse, stayed active

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man who claims he was sexually abused by a former priest in Hastings is suing the Twin Cities archdiocese, St. John’s Abbey, and a center that treats clergy with psychological issues.

Tuesday’s lawsuit says Francis Hoefgen was at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton church when he molested the man from 1989 through 1992. The victim was 10 to 13 years old.

The lawsuit alleges defendants should have known Hoefgen was dangerous because he molested another boy in 1983 at St. Boniface rectory in Cold Spring. Hoefgen admitted the abuse to police but wasn’t charged.

Instead, Hoefgen was sent to St. Luke Institute for evaluation, then returned to ministry.

Calls to Hoefgen and the archdiocese weren’t returned. St. Luke and the abbey say they haven’t seen the lawsuit and can’t comment.

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