Report: Abbot knew of allegations

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- The former abbot of St. John's Abbey knew it was a risk to transfer a priest accused of sexually abusing students to a teaching position at a Twin Cities school, internal abbey documents show.

Former students of the Rev. Dunstan Moorse say he sexually abused them when he was a teacher at St. John's Preparatory School in Collegeville. At least two former students have successfully sued the abbey over the allegations.

KSTP-TV reported Thursday that former Abbot Jerome Theisen, who died in 1995, indicated in a letter that he knew about allegations against Moorse before sending him to Benilde-St. Margaret High School in St. Louis Park in the late 1980s.

There have been no publicly-disclosed allegations that Moorse abused children at the high school. Moorse now resides in the Collegeville abbey, where his movements are restricted by the current abbot.

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