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The Rev. Chuck Hanel entered his plea Jan. 15 during his arraignment in Waukesha County Circuit Court, court records show. He stands accused of second-degree sexual assault of a child.
A 14-year-old girl reported to police in April that Hanel touched her breast and leg in a confessional at Queen of Apostles Church in December 2017, when she was 13.
She also said in a criminal complaint that when she entered the confessional, Hanel closed the door behind her — something she said he did not do with anyone else, including her father, who entered the confessional before her.
Again, face to face confessions is a huge mistake. If your church doesn't have screen confessions, go some other place. If you are a priest and your church does not have a divided confessional, put one in. Removing the confessional screen does nothing but expose penitent to potential abuse, and exposing the priest to a crime that he cannot defend himself against.