St. Paul Police Chief: Archdiocesan Officials Have Not Been Very Cooperative in Priest Sex Abuse Investigations

Created: 12/17/2013 4:49 PM By: Leslie Dyste

St. Paul Police Chief Tom Smith says archdiocesan officials have not been very cooperative on priest sex abuse cases. He says that has to change.

Police sent a letter to the archdiocese requesting to speak with clergy, but wasn't given access to anyone but attorneys. “It’s never good enough when someone tells us no and that’s why we have to work with our partners. And let me clarify. I request to talk with people in voluntary interviews to learn more information to further our investigations, but you have to have probable cause. If someone tells us no, they don’t want to talk to us and the archdiocese says they’re cooperating you can come to the reasonable conclusion of where we are here today,” said Chief Smith.

"Today the archdiocese said they would cooperate, and I expect nothing less," said Chief Smith.