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Lawsuit: Priest admitted abuse but stayed active

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

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The lawsuit filed Tuesday says Rev. Francis Hoefgren molested the man from 1989 through 1992 when the victim was 10 to 13 years old. Hoefgren was at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton church at the time.

The lawsuit alleges defendants should have known Hoefgren was a danger because he molested another boy in 1983 at St. Boniface rectory in Cold Spring. Hoefgren admitted the abuse to police in a signed statement but wasn't charged.

Instead, Hoefgren was sent to St. Luke's Institute for evaluation, then returned to ministry.

Calls to Hoefgren, St. Luke's, the archdiocese and abbey weren't returned.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. 

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