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Ex-priest faces Wisconsin time after MN sentence is up

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Curtis Carl Wehmeyer
Curtis Wehmeyer
Minnesota Department of Corrections

A former priest, currently in prison in Minnesota for sexually abusing two boys, has been sentenced to three years in prison in Wisconsin for sexually abusing a third boy.

Curtis Wehmeyer, 51, pleaded guilty Friday to third degree criminal sexual assault, according to Chippewa County, Wis., court records. He was sentenced to three years in prison and three years of extended supervision.

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He'll serve the Wisconsin prison sentence when he completes the five-year sentence he's serving at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Lino Lakes. According to the criminal complaint in that case, he abused two boys while serving the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in St. Paul.

Wehmeyer pleaded guilty in November 2012 to criminal sexual conduct and possessing child pornography. His anticipated release date from Lino Lakes is May 31, 2016. 

According to the criminal complaint filed in Wisconsin, Wehmeyer provided a teenage boy with alcohol and marijuana while they were on a camping trip in 2011 at Brunet Island State Park in Estella, Wis. The teen woke up to find Wehmeyer in bed with him and touching him sexually, according to the complaint.

Both the victim and the victim's mother made statements at Wehmeyer's sentencing last Friday, said Assistant Chippewa County Attorney Wade Newell. Newell said Wehmeyer was present and apologized to the victim.

The Vatican removed Wehmeyer from the priesthood late last year. The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis was criminally charged in June for failing to protect children from Wehmeyer.