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2 women sue Catholic Diocese of St. Cloud, accuse now-deceased priest of sexual abuse in 1960s


ST. CLOUD, Minnesota — Two women have sued the Catholic Diocese of St. Cloud and two parishes, saying they were sexually abused by a priest in the 1960s.

The St. Cloud Times (http://on.sctimes.com/1hFEQVq ) reports the women say they were abused by Donald Rieder at parishes in Randall and Kimball when they were between the ages of 11 and 15. The lawsuits accuse the diocese of negligence and common law nuisance.

Rieder pleaded guilty in 2003 to second-degree criminal sexual conduct and admitted to abusing a young girl in the early 1990s. He died in 2013.

The diocese said in a statement that it hadn't reviewed the lawsuit and couldn't comment on specifics. According to the diocese, Rieder was removed from public ministry after an allegation against him in 2002.

Information from: St. Cloud Times, http://www.sctimes.com

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