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Authorities investigating report of criminal activity involving St. John's Boys Choir staff member

Authorities investigating report of criminal activity involving St. John's Boys Choir staff member Photo: KSTP

Updated: July 26, 2019 03:20 PM

The Stearns County's Sheriff's Office is investigating a report of criminal activity involving a staff member on the St. John's Boys Choir.

According to a release, the allegations were brought forward by youth members of the choir.

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The sheriff's office is actively investigating the complaint. St. John's University is aware of the investigation and cooperating. 

No further information is available at this time.

The St. John's Boys Choir released the following statement Friday afternoon:

"The St. John's Boys Choir and the National Catholic Youth Choir recently learned of a report from a minor alleging misconduct by an adult associated with both organizations.  The report involves alleged communications and photographs of a sexual nature.  Following the report, both organizations placed the adult on a leave of absence.  It is the organizations' understanding that the adult has denied the allegations. 
 
"The Stearns County Sheriff's office and Stearns County Human Services were promptly informed about the report. An investigation by the Stearns County Sheriff's Department is underway and the St. John's Boys Choir and the National Catholic Youth Choir are both cooperating fully.
 
"Out of respect for the privacy of the minor and the minor's family, we will not share additional information on the allegations at this time. We have reached out to those who participated in either choir during the time that the adult at issue was associated with the choir to inform them of this report and to encourage parents to talk to their children.  We have also encouraged choir participants and their families to contact authorities if they have any concerns and to contact us with any questions or requests for assistance."

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