MN- Predator priest faces more charges, victims respond
For immediate release: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
A Maplewood priest, who was charged in November with sexual misconduct, faces more charges. We are glad Father Mark Huberty is being charged with additional crimes. It’s virtually always hurtful – and often illegal – for clerics to have any sexual contact with a congregant.
This is an encouraging move. It is additional evidence that when a priest engages in sexual contact with a parishioner, a very serious moral and legal line has been crossed. Consent can never truly be given when the difference in power is so great. In Minnesota, it is also a felony.
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.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 15,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com), Bob Schwiderski of Wayzata (952-471-3422, firstname.lastname@example.org), Frank Meuers of Plymouth (952-334-5180, email@example.com)