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 in Hennepin County.
Huberty is charged with fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, a felony. He was charged by summons and is not in custody.
According to the complaint, 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 went on leave and was removed from the church rectory in September pending the investigation.
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."
Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com