Archbishop John Nienstedt steps aside amid allegation he touched boy's buttocks [UPDATE]
Niendstedt: "I presume [the boy] is sincere in believing what he claims, but I must say that this allegation is absolutely and entirely false."
:::: UPDATE :::: St. Paul police Chief Tom Smith: Archdiocese has been uncooperative with investigations
Two days after he issued a wishy-washy public apology about the Twin Cities Catholic church's still-unfolding sex scandal, Archibishop John Nienstedt himself is facing an allegation he inappropriately touched a boy.
SEE ALSO: Archbishop John Nienstedt reportedly under criminal investigation
In a letter released today, Nienstedt announced he's under investigation for allegedly touching a boy's buttocks during a photo shoot in 2009, but denied there's any merit to the allegation. Nonetheless, he said he'll step aside from public ministry, effective immediately, until there's a resolution.
Here's the entirety of Nienstedt's letter (Bishop Lee Piche, vicar general, will take over Nienstedt's responsibilities in the archbishop's absence):
h/t -- MPR
::: UPDATE :::
St. Paul police may release a statement this afternoon, according to spokesman Howie Padilla. He noted on Twitter that investigators became aware of the allegation against Nienstedt yesterday:
Investigation into allegation against Archbishop John Nienstedt began on Monday, about 2 p.m. Investigation is ongoing. #sppdarchdiocese-- St. Paul Police PIO (@sppdPIO) December 17, 2013
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