Fridley priest on leave after police search his home

Updated Feb. 21 | Posted Feb. 20

A priest at a Fridley, Minn., parish is on leave following a search of his home by Edina Police.

The pastor at the Church of Saint William has taken a voluntary leave of absence pending the outcome of an investigation, according to a statement by Twin Cities Archbishop Bernard Hebda.

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The archdiocese office that deals with sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults issued an update Saturday evening saying "in addition to other restrictions, [the pastor] is prohibited from wearing a collar or presenting himself as a priest."

The archdiocese has assigned other priests to help continue day-to-day parish operations and to celebrate masses.

Edina police say they executed a search warrant at the priest's home and another search is likely. Police were investigating a late December tip about suspicious activity. The archdiocese says it is cooperating with police, Hebda said.

No charges have been filed.