***UPDATE 12/31/2021– Indiana Priest Reaches Plea Deal in Sexual Abuse Cases***
The associated press reported today that Father David Huneck has agreed to plead guilty to child solicitation and sexual battery charges for allegedly sexually abusing two females ages 17 and 19. Huneck is scheduled to appear in court on January 27, 2022.
***UPDATE 10/11/2021– Sexual Abuse Charges Filed Against Priest David Huneck***
The Whitley County prosecutor announced multiple charges were filed against Father David Huneck on Friday, October 8, 2021. The charges include child seduction, sexual battery, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, furnishing alcohol to a minor, and two counts of battery.
The Fort Wayne-South Bend Catholic Diocese recently revealed allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor were made against Father David Huneck. The priest has since resigned as chaplain of Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne and pastor of Saint Paul of the Cross Catholic Church in Columbia City. Additionally, Father Huneck has been suspended from all public priestly ministry pending the outcome of an investigation by the Whitley County prosecutor according to media reports.
Sexual abuse perpetrated by clergy and trusted advisors within the church community can cause life-long trauma to children and adolescents. Therapy and other mental health resources can help sexual abuse survivors in the healing process. Cohen & Malad, LLP attorneys have experience litigating claims against churches and schools to help sexual abuse survivors get compensation to pay for needed therapy. If you, your child, or someone you know is a victim of sexual abuse, contact us. We understand the sensitive nature of this type of lawsuit and can provide you with a free consultation. If we decide to pursue a claim for you, we will not collect any attorney fees until your case is settled.
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