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The Latest: affidavit unsealed priest in case of attack

TOWNER, N. D. – The Latest on the case of a Minnesota man accused of attacking and trying to kill a priest in North Dakota. (all times are local):

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Newly unsealed court documents show a Minnesota man charged with attacking a priest in North Dakota believed that the priest had sexually assaulted the man’s girlfriend.

But the police says that the woman’s story changed when she was interviewed, initially denying allegations of rape for later refresh. The Catholic Diocese of Fargo stands by the priest, saying: the woman denied rape allegations to the diocese officials.

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.

A sworn statement of a state crime bureau agent says Legare forwarded the texts to the police of his girlfriend to say that she was raped. The statement, which redacts the name of the person she accused, said the woman later changed her story.

Wapenski not respond to phone messages Friday.

McHenry County State’s Lawyer Josh Frey, says the actions of the woman and the priest are “an open and active investigation.”

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8:50 pm

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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