Archdiocese criminal hearing pushed back again

The first hearing in the criminal case against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has been pushed back for the third time.

The hearing in Ramsey County District Court is now scheduled for Oct. 29.

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The first court appearance in the criminal case had been originally scheduled for June 24, and was later rescheduled to July 17 and then to Aug. 25.

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi charged the archdiocese in June with six gross misdemeanor counts for allegedly failing to protect children from Curtis Wehmeyer, a former priest now in prison for sexually abusing children and possessing child pornography.

The criminal charges against the archdiocese carry a maximum fine of $18,000. Court records did not cite a reason for the latest scheduling change.