Prosecutors who charged a local priest with child sex abuse now allege he also possessed child pornography.
The Ramsey County attorney’s office charged Curtis Carl Wehmeyer, a priest formerly assigned to Blessed Sacrament Church on the East Side of St. Paul, with 17 counts of possession of child pornography.
Wehmeyer, 48, of Oakdale, will make his first court appearance on both sets of charges Wednesday, Oct. 10.
In the criminal complaint filed Tuesday, Oct. 9, in Ramsey County District Court, prosecutors alleged the following:
During the investigation of the alleged sexual abuse, two boys reported that Wehmeyer showed them pornography on a laptop computer. This would happen before and during the molestation, they said.
A St. Paul investigator obtained a search warrant for the rectory at Blessed Sacrament, at 1801 Lacrosse Ave. On July 7, he went to the rectory and confiscated an IBM ThinkPad laptop that was located on the upper shelf of Wehmeyer’s bedroom closet.
A St. Paul police sergeant examined the laptop. He found “several still images and video files depicting sex acts involving prepubescent males,” the complaint said. Fourteen still images and three videos make up the basis for the charges.
Wehmeyer was charged Sept. 20 with three counts of criminal sexual conduct. He molested two boys, one beginning when the victim was 12, the complaint said. The other boy was listed in the criminal complaint as being under 16.
Wehmeyer was ordered to have no contact with juveniles, including the alleged victims.