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Columbia City priest facing charges in child sex abuse allegation

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COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (WFFT) — A priest who resigned last month from his position at a high school and a Whitley County church is now facing criminal charges.

According to online court records, 31-year-old Rev. David Huneck is facing several charges including child seduction, sexual battery, battery and furnishing alcohol to a minor.

The Whitley County Prosecutor's Office filed the charges against Huneck on Friday.

The charges come a few weeks after the Whitley County prosecutor confirmed they were investigating Huneck for sexual misconduct allegations.

On Sept. 28, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, leader of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, held a news conference condemning the abuse allegations against Huneck after he was suspended from all public ministry, resigned as Bishop Dwenger High School's chaplain and as pastor of Saint Paul of the Cross Catholic Church in Columbia City.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed, Huneck allegedly groped two "young women" ages 17 and 19.

The first incident occurred on June 30 and the second on Sept. 17.

The alleged incidents happened at Huneck's home in Columbia City that was provided by the Diocese.

Court documents state that during the first incident Huneck invited the two teenagers over to celebrate his birthday and have cake. 

Huneck allegedly offered both of them alcohol and they both accepted but did not get drunk.

Throughout the night both teens said Huneck became "seriously" intoxicated" and he repeatedly grabbed one of the victim's breasts and asked sexual questions.

The Indiana Department of Child Services was notified about the incidents and started a report on Sept. 21.

Huneck was ordained as a priest in 2018.