7.19.2006

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Priest Charged with Indecent Exposure

from The Associated Press

KEARNEY, Neb. — A Roman Catholic priest from Elm Creek is in Maryland, his bishop says, being treated for depression after being charged with public indecency.

The Rev. Mark Maresh, 41, is accused of exposing himself to a woman in Kearney on June 25.

According to a statement Bishop William Dendinger of Grand Islandread to parishioners, "Father Mark has been dealing with depression for six or more years. He has been working with counselors and using medication to cope with depression. Recently, he switched medication, which had an adverse effect."

Public indecency is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine.

The Kearney woman said the incident occurred while she was walking her 2-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son. A man in a parked car opened the passenger door as he said something to her. She asked what he wanted, and then he exposed himself.

She reported the car's license number to police.

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