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News Release: Hearings Tomorrow in Case Involving Crookston Bishop Michael Hoeppner’s Coercion of Survivor Ron Vasek

9/19/2017 2:10:00 PM
Hearing Tomorrow in Thief River Falls in
Case Where Statute of Limitations Extended by
Bishop Michael J. Hoeppner’s Coercion

Attorneys asking Court to Sanction the Diocese of Crookston for
Concealing Msgr. Roger Grundhaus’ Name



(Thief River Falls, MN):  In a hearing tomorrow, courageous survivor Ron Vasek will ask the Court to deny the Diocese of Crookston’s attempts to throw out his public nuisance and negligence claims.  Ron Vasek was sexually abused by former Vicar General of the Diocese of Crookston, Msgr. Roger Grundhaus, in approximately 1971.  After Mr. Vasek disclosed the abuse to Bishop Hoeppner in 2009 or 2010, the Diocese of Crookston went to great lengths to keep Msgr. Grundhaus’ name and Mr. Vasek’s abuse from the public, including threatening his participation in the Church and violating a 2015 Court Order in the case Doe 19 v. Diocese of Crookston, et al.  Through his lawsuit, Mr. Vasek seeks to force the Diocese of Crookston to end their long-standing practice of concealment and protection of child sexual abusers.    

In a related hearing immediately afterwards, survivor Doe 19 will ask the Court to sanction the Diocese of Crookston for failing to produce Msgr. Grundhaus’ file in his case in 2015.    

Thief River Falls Courthouse – 1:30 P.M.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Honorable Judge Kurt J. Marben
101 Main Street
Thief River Falls, MN

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