Fr. David Huneck, Formerly of Fort Wayne Diocese, Expected to Plead Guilty to Charges involving a Minor
Fr. David Huneck, former Fort Wayne priest, is expected to plead guilty to criminal charges involving a minor. A change of plea hearing will be held Jan. 27.
When the alleged crimes occurred, Huneck was the pastor at Saint Paul of the Cross Catholic Church in Columbia City. Huneck was also chaplain of Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne. Huneck resigned from his positions after the allegations were made public, and the diocese suspended him from pastoral duties.
In their initial press release the Diocese of Fort Wayne wrote:
On September 19, 2021, the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend became aware of allegations that Father David Huneck engaged in sexual and other misconduct, including that with a minor. Consistent with diocesan policy, the diocese notified the Department of Child Services of the allegations. It was then forwarded to local police. Father Huneck subsequently resigned as pastor of Saint Paul of the Cross Catholic Church, Columbia City, and as chaplain of Bishop Dwenger High School, Fort Wayne. Further, as a precautionary measure, Father Huneck was suspended from all public priestly ministry.
Wane.com reports that, David Huneck faces charges of Child Seduction, Sexual Battery, Battery, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, and Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor in Whitley Superior Court.
He will plead guilty to the two most serious counts (as part of a plea deal) – Level 6 felony Child Seduction and Level 6 felony Sexual Battery – and serve between 10 and 90 days in the Whitley County Jail. He may ask a judge to lessen the charges to Class A misdemeanors, according to the agreement.
FULL TEXT Second Statement Released by the Diocese :