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Man accused of attacking priest makes an accusation of his own

TOWNER, N. D. – A Minnesota man charged with attacking a priest in North Dakota accused the pastor during a bond hearing on the rape of a woman, an accusation of the Catholic Diocese of Fargo says that is no merit.

Forty-two-year-old Chad Legare of Alexandria, Minnesota, is accused of assaulting Rev. Robert Wapenski, Jan. 30 in the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Anamoose. The authorities have not discussed a motive.

KXMC-TV reports Legare appeared Thursday in court on charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault and burglary. A judge’s bond at $250,000. Legare during the hearing, made a reference to the priest to be a rapist.

Diocese officials said in a statement that they had at the height of Legare the allegations and reached out to the alleged victim and the woman denied the allegations.

The county sheriff and state’s attorney refused to comment.

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Information from: KXMC-TV, http://www.kxnet.com

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