Priest Pleads No Contest to Public Indecency

Press & Dakotan
August 11, 2006

Kearney, Neb. (AP) -- A Roman Catholic priest from Elm Creek has been found guilty of exposing himself to a Kearney woman.

The Rev. Mark Maresh, 41, pleaded no contest in Buffalo County Court on Aug. 1. The charge was public indecency, a misdemeanor. He faces sentencing in October.

Maresh was a priest at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Elm Creek. He also served St. John Capistran in Amherst and Holy Rosary in Overton.

Bishop William Dendinger of Grand Island said Thursday that Maresh remained at St. Luke Institute in Silver Spring, Md. The residential treatment center helps priests suffering depression or other psychological and emotional problems.

Last month Dendinger told parishioners that Maresh had been dealing with depression for several years.

The Kearney woman said the incident occurred June 25 while she was walking her 2-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son. A man in a parked car opened a 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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