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Files on former pastor contradict archdiocese's statements about abuse

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HASTINGS, Minn. -- Documents released Thursday contradict the Twin Cities archdiocese’s assertion that it had no knowledge about a former Hastings pastor’s abuse of children until the mid-1990s.

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Thomas Stitts was an assistant pastor at the Church of Guardian Angels in Hastings from 1966 to 1970. He was alleged to have abused boys at several of the parishes where he worked. Stitts, who died in 1985, admitted to having a sexual relationship with two boys.

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Chad Richardson
Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.
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