A pastor at two Catholic parishes in southeastern North Dakota who was investigated for his conduct with children will not face any criminal charges.

A pastor at two Catholic parishes in southeastern North Dakota who was investigated for his conduct with children will not face any criminal charges.

The Catholic Diocese of Fargo placed the Rev. Thomas Feltman on administrative leave in May and turned the matter over to Richland County Social Services for review.

County State's Attorney Ron McBeth says Feltman's touching of girls was socially inappropriate but that there was no evidence of a sex offense.

Feltman's attorney, Bruce Quick, tells KFGO radio (http://bit.ly/2v44a1x ) that Feltman has always denied any wrongdoing.

Feltman is the pastor at St. John the Baptist's Catholic Church in Wyndmere and St. Arnold's Catholic Church in Milnor. The diocese in a statement says Feltman will remain on administrative leave until an internal investigation is completed.