Acquitted Minnesota priest temporarily removed from ministry

The Archdiocese of Minneapolis-St. Paul has temporarily removed a priest from ministry after he was acquitted on sexual misconduct charges in December.

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Interim Archbishop Bernard Hebda made the announcement Tuesday about the Rev. Mark Huberty. A Ramsey County jury acquitted Huberty of criminal sexual conduct involving an adult female parishioner he was counseling.

Since Huberty's acquittal, his case was reviewed by a new ministerial review board. The board found sufficient evidence to suggest Huberty may have committed a serious offense under canon law and recommended proceedings to resolve the allegations.

During the process, Huberty is not permitted to wear a Roman collar or present himself as a priest.

Nevada attorney Robert Flummerfelt, a canon lawyer representing Huberty, expects Huberty will receive a fair hearing and the matter will be properly resolved.