Former Jamestown priest accepts plea deal in sexual exploitation case

(Fargo, ND) --  A former Jamestown priest has pled guilty to misdemeanor sexual assault.

Neil Joseph Pfeifer entered the plea Thursday morning, the same day his trial was scheduled to begin for a case in which he was accused of sexual exploitation.

Under the plea deal, Pfeifer will avoid jail time if he completes 50 hours of community service.

A felony charge of sexual exploitation by a therapist was dropped.

Pfeifer was arrested in February, 2023, after a woman reported committing sexual acts with him.

Pfeifer also served as a priest in Buchanan and Windsor.