Minn. priest accused of fondling woman parishioner

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a Maplewood priest for allegedly fondling a female parishioner while giving her spiritual guidance.

The Rev. Mark Huberty, 43, pastor of the Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, was charged Tuesday.

Huberty is charged with felony fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. He was charged by summons and is not in custody.

The complaint says Huberty and the woman met in 2008 when the woman came to him for spiritual counseling.

The woman went to police in May. The priest was placed on leave in September.

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis said Tuesday Huberty has resigned as pastor.

Huberty’s attorney, Paul Engh, tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/186r2gH ) his client “is disappointed to have been charged, but is looking forward to the trial.”

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

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