Statement Regarding Rev. Larry Johnson

From Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda

The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis has received an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor against Father Larry Johnson, a retired priest of the Archdiocese. The alleged abuse occurred in 1994. In accordance with Archdiocesan policy, law enforcement was notified. Yesterday, law enforcement notified the Archdiocese that it is not further investigating this matter, will not be pursuing charges, and authorized the Archdiocese to post this information.

Also under Archdiocesan policy, any allegation of sexual abuse that is “not manifestly false or frivolous” requires that the Archdiocese prohibit the accused priest from exercising priestly ministry pending the outcome of the investigation and pending a separate determination regarding his fitness for ministry. Father Johnson retired in 2009 and has not been permitted to engage in ministry since 2014. The disclosure of this allegation should not be construed to suggest a presumption of wrongdoing. Father Johnson denies any wrongdoing and specifically denies this allegation.

I am profoundly saddened by the effect clergy sexual abuse continues to have on victims/survivors, their families and the community and strongly encourage anyone who has been abused to contact the police immediately.

You may find clergy disclosure information linked on the archdiocesan website and at SafeEnvironmentSPM.org.