MN- Another priest faces criminal charges

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 19 2013

Statement by Minnesota SNAP leader Megan Peterson (218-689-9049,

We are glad Father Mark Huberty faces criminal charges for sexually exploiting a parishioner. It’s virtually always hurtful – and often illegal – for clerics to have any sexual contact with a congregant.

If a criminal embezzles from a bank, no one talks about their “financial relationship.” So no one should ever talk about “a relationship” between a predatory priest and a parishioner. It’s a crime. It should be treated and described as a crime. It should not be minimized or mischaracterized by words or phrases that suggest consent when no genuine consent is possible.

We hope every single person who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes – by Fr. Huberty or others, as adults or as children – will speak up. Keeping quiet only helps predators and endangers others.

 Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell,, Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell,, Bob Schwiderski (952 471 3422,, Frank Meuers (952-334-5180,

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commented 2013-11-20 16:54:08 -0600 · Flag
If it’s true that those who abuse have often been abused could these sexual predator priests have be subject to abuse in their abbey, as young students living with other priests? They live in cloisters, what happens there is unknown to a lot of us. It makes me shudder.
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