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Woman alleges she was abused decades ago at Catholic school

December 4, 2018

WAITE PARK, Minn. (AP) — A woman has filed a lawsuit against a Catholic school in Waite Park alleging she was sexually abused as a young girl by a family that runs the school as well as a priest assigned to it.

A complaint filed by the unidentified woman in Stearns County District Court names Holy Innocents’ School, a private school not affiliated with the Catholic Diocese of St. Cloud. The woman says she endured “ritual sexual abuse” as a student from 1978 to 1984, when she was 5 to 11 years old.

The complaint says five members of family that run the school and a priest who has since died abused the woman. School spokeswoman Theresa Carlstedt says the allegations are unfounded accusations. She says the school is seeking legal representation.

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