In 2002 Father Donald Rieder admitted to molesting four young girls in the late 1980s and early 1990s at St. John Cantius Church in the Diocese of St. Cloud where he was pastor. Fr. Rieder was sentenced to 1 year in prison for the sexual abuse of one his victims, but served no time for the three others he admitted to because a conviction was barred by the statute of limitations.
Fr. Rieder was ordained in 1955 and to date at least 9 victims have alleged that they were abused by Fr. Rieder dating back to the 1960s. Church Officials were informed Fr. Rieder had abused young girls in the early 1990s but did not remove his privileges until 2002.