A Minnesota man charged with attacking a priest in North Dakota accused the reverend during a bond hearing of raping a woman, an accusation that the Catholic Diocese of Fargo says has no merit.

Forty-two-year-old Chad Legare of Alexandria, Minnesota, is accused of assaulting Rev.

Robert Wapenski at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Anamoose on Jan. 30.

Authorities haven't discussed a possible motive.
KXMC-TV reports that Legare appeared in court Thursday on charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault and burglary, and a judge set bond at $250,000. Legare during the hearing made a reference to the priest being a rapist.

The diocese told KXMC they had been informed of Legare's allegations and reached out to the alleged victim, and that the woman denied the allegations.