EDINA, Minn. (KMSP) - The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis confirmed Friday they are aware Edina Police Department is investigating a Fridley pastor, Rev. Timothy Dolan.
The Star Tribune, who did not name him, reported police are investigating allegations that a pastor at the Church of Saint William in Fridley possessed child pornography. The paper said his apartment was searched on Thursday, adding neighbors at his complex had called police three times in the past few years reporting sounds of a child "in distress."
Full statement from From Archbishop Bernard Hebda
“The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis has received information from the Edina Police Department that an investigation is underway that involves Rev. Timothy Dolan, pastor at the Church of Saint William in Fridley. Last evening, Father Dolan took a voluntary leave of absence pending the outcome of the investigation. While on leave, Father Dolan is not permitted to exercise priestly ministry. He is afforded the presumption of innocence.
The Archdiocesan Office of Ministerial Standards and Safe Environment has cooperated, and continues to cooperate, with the Edina Police Department. Our understanding is that Father Dolan has been cooperative, as well. To protect the integrity of the investigation, and at the request of the Edina Police Department, the Archdiocese will not comment further at this time.”