Statement by Diocese of New Ulm concerning Fr. Sam Wagner

The Diocese of New Ulm is aware that the police have suspended their investigation into allegations against Fr. Sam Wagner without charges being filed. The Diocese cooperated fully during the six-month-long investigation conducted by the New Ulm Police Department.

The Diocese takes any allegations of clergy misconduct very seriously, regardless of whether they result in charges. Fr. Wagner remains on leave from public ministry pending a final determination of his status by the Clergy Review Board.

The Diocese asks that all those involved be kept in prayer.