FARGO – A Catholic priest who faced groping allegations last year has been assigned to a Fargo convent.
Paul Braun, a Fargo Diocese spokesman, said Father Thomas Feltman is in “good standing” with the diocese.
“Fr. Feltman has been cleared for priestly ministry at the conclusion of our internal investigation,” Braun said Tuesday, Feb. 20, in a written statement.
According to Braun, Feltman was assigned Feb. 1 as chaplain to Fargo’s Sacred Heart Convent of the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 1101 32nd Ave. S. Braun said the diocese completed its review of Feltman in January.
Feltman was placed on leave in May while serving as pastor of St. John the Baptist’s Church in Wyndmere, N.D., and St. Arnold’s Catholic Church in Milnor, N.D.
Braun said Father Troy Simonson was assigned as the new pastor for St. John’s and St. Arnold’s effective Jan. 28.
In late May, the Fargo Diocese said Feltman approached diocese officials the previous week to disclose “concerns that had been brought to him regarding his interaction with youth.” Father Andrew Jasinski was temporarily appointed administrator of Feltman’s parishes.
The Richland County Sheriff’s Office then investigated reports from multiple potential victims of “inappropriate activities” with youth in Feltman’s parishes.
The Richland County State’s Attorney’s Office said in July that it would not pursue criminal charges against Feltman for incidents reported to have occurred in Wyndmere in May, including allegedly grabbing and shaking victims’ breasts and touching them on the behind. That office said there was no evidence the alleged touching was done for sexual reasons, which is a necessity to prove the commission of a sex offense.
Authorities haven’t received any additional information concerning the allegations against Feltman since the 2017 decision to not pursue charges, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Office.