Indiana Catholic Priest Resigns Over Credible Sexual Misconduct Allegations – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana weather


FORT WAYNE, Indiana (WISH) – A priest in northern Indiana resigned from his parish and a position at a Catholic high school in Fort Wayne after the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend said he learned about allegations of sexual misconduct.

The diocese became aware of the allegations against Rev. David Huneck on September 19. A statement from Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades said Huneck had engaged in sexual and other misconduct, including with a minor, according to the allegations. The Columbia City Police Department and the Indiana Department of Children’s Services were notified after the diocese became aware of the allegations.

“Father Huneck subsequently resigned as pastor of St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church in Columbia City and as chaplain of Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne. In addition, as a precautionary measure, Father Huneck was suspended from all public priestly ministry, ”the statement said.

At a press conference on Tuesday, the bishop said he was disappointed and troubled that the alleged misconduct had recently occurred and was committed by a priest who had not ministered for a period of time. relatively long period.

“I can’t really think of anything we could have done differently. There were no red flags. It’s extremely disturbing, ”Rhoades said at the press conference. “Sexual abuse or the misconduct of a priest hurts and confuses victims, their families and the whole church. We have worked so hard here in our diocese to strengthen a safe environment in our church for young people and will continue to do so. We will also continue to do our best to bring healing and hope to victims … victim care is my # 1 priority.

Columbia City is approximately 15 miles west of Fort Wayne.

Rhoades himself was charged with misconduct in 2018. The charge stemmed from his time as a priest in the Diocese of Harrisburg, Pa., WANE reported. Rhoades denied the validity of the charge and was cleared of any wrongdoing after an investigation by the Dauphin County prosecutor.

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