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.

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.

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