Priest pleads guilty to criminal sexual conduct

Father Anthony Oelrich, a priest of the Diocese of St. Cloud, pleaded guilty Nov. 26 to one felony count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. He will be sentenced Feb. 12.

Father Oelrich was arrested by St. Cloud police in February 2018 following an investigation of alleged sexual misconduct involving an adult woman.

Bishop Donald Kettler removed Father Oelrich as pastor of Christ Church Newman Center in St. Cloud, where he was serving at the time. The bishop also suspended Father Oelrich’s priestly faculties, meaning he cannot function or present himself as a priest.

Author: The Central Minnesota Catholic

The Central Minnesota Catholic is the magazine for the Diocese of St. Cloud.

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