The names of three priests from St. John’s Abbey who sexually abused children in parishes across Minnesota were made public for the first time Tuesday.
Attorney Jeff Anderson announced the names as part of settlements with the abuse survivors. He said St. John’s has settled 17 sex abuse cases in recent months.
More than 60 additional lawsuits against abbey monks have not yet been settled, Anderson said. The abbey has added the three names to its website, which now lists 21 monks credibly accused of sexually abusing children.
The latest names are the Rev. Casimir Plakut, the Rev. Augustine Strub and the Rev. James Kelly. The monks served at parishes across Minnesota, including Stillwater, Duluth and Wayzata, from the 1940s to the 1970s.
All three are deceased, and had severed their relationship with St. John’s before they died, according to a statement released by the abbey.
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St. John’s Abbey adds three new names to clergy abuse file
By JEAN HOPFENSPERGER
September 19, 2017