ND Catholic Priest Arrested On Sexual Assault Charges

Fargo’s KFGO reports:

A man who has been under investigation for inappropriate behavior at a Catholic church in Jamestown has been arrested for suspicion of committing sexual exploitation by therapist. According to Jamestown Police, 48-year-old Father Neil Pfeifer was arrested in Rugby, North Dakota on Wednesday.

Pfeifer has been under investigation since Jan. 13 when Jamestown Police were contacted by a person accusing Pfeifer of sexual assault at St. James Basilica in Jamestown while seeking therapy from him. An investigation uncovered accusations of crimes in other jurisdictions.

News Dakota reports:

The Catholic Diocese of Fargo is investigating allegations of inappropriate conduct with adults involving Father Neil Pfeifer. According to the statement, Father Pfeifer has been removed as pastor of the Basilica of St. James in Jamestown, St. Margaret Mary in Buchanan, and St. Mathias in Windsor.

The statement said that these allegations do not involve minors. The Diocese is asking for anyone who has specific information or concerns regarding Father Pfeifer’s interactions with themselves or others to contact Monsignor Goering at the Diocese of Fargo,