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Minn: Priest accused of child sexual abuse now works as sex-ed teacher

Minn: Priest accused of child sexual abuse now works as sex-ed teacher

A priest accused of sexually abusing a child in Detroit and another child in St. Paul is currently working as a sexual education teacher in Minnesota.

In 1994, Fr. Harry Walsh was accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl while he was working as a priest in Detroit in the 1960s. Later, he was accused of sexually abusing a 12-year-old altar boy in St. Paul, Minnesota.

According to a Minnesota Public Radio investigation, church leaders were aware of the child sexual abuse allegations against Fr. Harry Walsh, but they kept it a secret and allowed him to work in parishes until he agreed to retire in 2011.

Before arriving in Minnesota, Fr. Walsh worked as a priest in Davenport, Iowa, Chicago, and Detroit. A Minnesota law that went into effect earlier this year provides a three-year window for victims of childhood sexual abuse to file a civil lawsuit, even if the statute of limitations has expired.

Today, Fr. Walsh teaches sex education to troubled teenagers and vulnerable adults in Wright County, an hour west of the Twin Cities. According to a Wright County public health official, no one notified the county about Walsh’s history.

It is beyond irresponsible for any trusted institution to jeopardize the safety of children by not making the safer choice.

Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, have blasted Catholic officials in Detroit, who they say helped Fr. Harry Walsh stay in ministry around unsuspecting families.

When there is an allegation of child sexual abuse, the safest course of action is to report the allegation to police, remove the accused predator, inform the public, and urge anyone who witnessed or suffered abuse to come forward.

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