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Fr. Francis Frederick Hoefgen

Wrong Fr. Francis Frederick Hoefgen?

Sexual Abuse Lawyer

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Local Address:  United States
Jeff Anderson & Associates P.A
366 Jackson Street Suite 100
St. Paul , Minnesota 55101
United States

Company Description: Jeff Anderson & Associates pioneered the use of civil litigation to seek justice for survivors of child sexual abuse and is recognized as one of the nation's...   more
Background

Employment History

  • Assistant Pastor
    St. Boniface Church
  • Associate Pastor
    St. Boniface Church
  • Student
    St. Boniface Church
  • Associate Pastor
    Saint Boniface

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member
    St. John's Abbey
  • OSB

Education

  • theology
    Saint John's University
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Web References
Jeff Anderson Statement on ...
www.andersonadvocates.com, 27 May 2015 [cached]
Jeff Anderson Statement on Recent Acquittal of Former Hastings Priest Francis Hoefgen | more..
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Jeff Anderson Statement on Recent Acquittal of Former Hastings Priest Francis Hoefgen
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(St. Paul, MN) - The acquittal of Fran Hoefgen in the criminal case is sad, scary and a travesty of justice. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty because they were not able to know and hear the full picture of predatory conduct well-established by Fran Hoefgen. Today we release more information that the jury did not hear that could have and should have changed the outcome. Because they did not learn Fran Hoefgen abused at least two boys, had been sent to treatment for it, had admitted having abused at least one boy in prior parishes and given a free pass by a former prosecutor in Stearns County, the jury saw this as one boy against a priest who testified that he did not even know who the boy was. The acquittal of Fran Hoefgen permits this offender to continue in the community unabated. He poses a risk of peril and harm to many, both in his denial and the freedom that he should not be able to enjoy. The documents we are releasing with this statement, and available on our website, demonstrate a long pattern of predatory conduct by this former priest. He is a peril. We are scared for the children and we praise and applaud the courageous survivor who did come forward, stand up, speak the truth and while he told his story, the whole story, the full truth was not revealed to this jury and they were left a half truth and a lie by Fran Hoefgen. He is a known serial offender. He is a risk of harm to the community and kids and he belongs behind bars.
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The fact is the police fully interviewed the other victims of abuse by Hoefgen, who were prepared to testify to the offenses committed against them years ago, in the same pattern as Hoefgen employed at the parish of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seaton in Hastings. They did thorough police work and Hoefgen's criticism of the police is unwarranted, misleading, and deceptive as it is disturbing. This was a systemic failure and children remain at serious risk in the community while Hoefgen remains at large.
Hoefgen, Father Francis ...
www.andersonadvocates.com, 14 Jan 2014 [cached]
Hoefgen, Father Francis F. Sexual Abuse Lawyer Jeff Anderson and Associates
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Father Francis Hoefgen
Reverend Francis Hoefgen, OSB was born in Menominee, Michigan, on August 29, 1950. Father Hoefgen entered Saint John's and professed vows July 11, 1973. After studying theology at Saint John's University, Hoefgen was ordained a Roman Catholic priest on June 22, 1979.
Father Hoefgen served as an associate pastor at Saint Boniface in Cold Spring, Minnesota, under the Diocese of Saint Cloud.
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Saint John's sent Father Hoefgen to Saint Luke Institute. After his visit to St. Luke's, Father Hoefgen was returned to ministry.
Father Hoefgen was transferred to Guardian Angels and Saint Boniface in Hastings, Minnesota. While in Hastings under the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, the Archdiocese consolidated the two parishes making the new Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish.
Father Hoefgen was removed from Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in 1992 when civil actions were filed alleging sexual abuse of minors. Father Hoefgen returned to campus and was porter and guest house master. In 2002, Father Hoefgen was placed on the list of credibly accused Saint John's monks and later in the year wrote a letter of apology. Hoefgen left Collegeville and the Saint John's community in 2011.
Francis Hoefgen takes stand to ...
www.startribune.com, 22 May 2015 [cached]
Francis Hoefgen takes stand to deny claims he sexually abused Hastings altar boy "I've waited 18 months for this day," said Francis Hoefgen, testifying in Dakota County court.
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Former priest Francis Hoefgen passed through security at the Dakota County Judicial Center in Hastings on May 20.
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"I've waited 18 months for this day," Francis Hoefgen said inside a Dakota County courtroom.
During about 25 minutes of testimony, Hoefgen, 64, of Columbia Heights, said he didn't remember the boy who said Hoefgen abused him at St. Boniface Church in the late 1980s and 1990s.
Hoefgen faces two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and is one of few priests to face criminal charges for alleged sex offenses that are decades old. As they have all week, about a dozen supporters sat behind Hoefgen in the courtroom.
The defense's case concluded after Hoefgen's Friday morning testimony. By noon, the jury recessed for the holiday weekend and will return Tuesday to hear closing arguments and begin deliberating.
Hoefgen kept two white lilac blossoms in a Dixie cup at his table Friday.
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Hoefgen told jurors that he is the youngest of 13 children who grew up in Michigan. He said he came to Collegeville, Minn., to study at St. John's University, and joined St. John's Abbey in 1972 "to lead a monastic life and seek God and community."
Hoefgen's accuser, now 36, told jurors Thursday that Hoefgen's abuse progressed from fondling to oral and anal penetration when the man was in fourth, fifth and sixth grades at St. Boniface's parochial school. He said "Father Fran," as Hoefgen was called, abused him during the school year, usually after the two cleaned up after a funeral or midweek mass. The Star Tribune is not naming the man because he is the victim of an alleged sexual assault.
When Hoefgen took the stand Friday, a whiteboard behind him still had the diagram his accuser drew to detail the room in which the alleged abuses occurred. But Hoefgen denied having any memory of the room's existence.
Hoefgen, who left the priesthood in 2012, also said there were too many students at the parish to have the same altar boy assist year-round and that there was no need for students to stay after mass or funeral services to help clean.
Eventually, both Colich and Assistant District Attorney G. Paul Beauchamp directly asked Hoefgen if he ever had sexual contact with his accuser.
"Absolutely not," Hoefgen said.
Hoefgen's accuser also sued him in 2013 under the Minnesota Child Victims Act, which opened a three-year window for filing lawsuits over decades-old child sex abuse claims. According to that lawsuit, filed in Dakota County, Hoefgen told police that he had abused another boy at a parish in Cold Spring, Minn., in 1983. He then spent six months at St. Luke Institute in Silver Spring, Md., for psychological treatment, but criminal charges were never filed. Hoefgen was assigned to St. Boniface in Hastings in 1985.
During his Thursday testimony, Hoefgen's accuser said the priest threatened to send him back to live with his estranged mother or have him removed from school. He said he finally stepped forward after seeing a 2013 media report of a woman who came forward with allegations against another priest.
"I wanted him to pay," he said.
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Former priest Francis Hoefgen passed through security at the Dakota Co...
Ex-priest takes stand to deny claims he sexually abused Hastings altar boy "I've waited 18 months for this day," said Francis Hoefgen, testifying in Dakota County court.
Francis Hoefgen, 64, was ...
thecatholicspirit.com [cached]
Francis Hoefgen, 64, was tried in Dakota County on felony charges of child sex abuse that allegedly took place in the late 1980s and early 1990s at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Hastings where he was an associate priest until 1992, according to the archdiocese. Hoefgen pleaded not guilty. In 1985, Hoefgen, then a member of St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, began serving at St. Boniface in Hastings. The parish merged with Guardian Angels to become St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in 1987.
Hoefgen is among priests named by the archdiocese as having "claims of substantiated abuse against them. According to St. John's Abbey, he was permanently removed from ministry in 2002 and laicized in 2011.
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Francis Hoefgen's lawyer ...
www.startribune.com, 26 May 2015 [cached]
Francis Hoefgen's lawyer said evidence was lacking for sexual abuse charges.
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Francis Hoefgen, shown entering the Dakota County court in Hastings Tuesday, was acquitted of sexual abuse charges.
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In one of the first criminal trials in Minnesota on decades-old allegations of sexual abuse by a priest, a Dakota County jury on Tuesday acquitted Francis Hoefgen of criminal sexual conduct.
Hoefgen, 64, is no longer a priest and lives in Columbia Heights. He had been accused of repeatedly abusing a boy who was a student at the parochial school at St. Boniface Church in Hastings between 1989 and 1992.
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The jury was never informed about other accusations of child abuse against Hoefgen, he said, nor of his treatment at St. Luke Institute in Maryland, a facility that often treats clergy sex offenders.
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Hoefgen has been accused of abusing others in the past, he had acknowledged that abuse."
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"He trusted Father Fran. He came to be able to talk to Father Fran and tell him what was going on. [Hoefgen] took advantage of that," Assistant Dakota County Attorney G. Paul Beaumaster said in closing arguments.
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When the not-guilty verdict was read, Hoefgen sobbed, removed his glasses and hugged supporters who had sat behind him during the trial. Hoefgen's accuser put his hand to his face and began to cry. He and his family left the courtroom after the jury was dismissed.
Motive questioned
The alleged victim also sued Hoefgen in 2013 under the Minnesota Child Victims Act, which opened a three-year window for filing lawsuits over decades-old child sex abuse claims.
According to the lawsuit filed in Dakota County, Hoefgen told police that he had abused another boy at a parish in Cold Spring, Minn., in 1983. He then spent six months at St. Luke Institute for psychological treatment, but criminal charges were never filed. Hoefgen was assigned to St. Boniface in 1985.
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Hoefgen testified that he does not remember the accuser or the room where the man said the abuse occurred.
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