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Nov 18, 2014 4:13 PM

Former priest serves no jail time after admitting to child assaults


MANCHESTER -A former Episcopal priest admitted to assaulting a teenage boy nearly 30 years ago but will not serve any time behind bars.

Franklin Huntress will serve 12 years suspended and must pay $10,000 for counseling services for his victim.

The victim, who will not be identified by NH1, faced his abuser in court Monday. He said he's struggled throughout his life with alchohol, drug and relationship issues.

The victim said he was 14 when Huntress took him from New York to New Hampshire for a church event.

The victim's mother also faced Huntress and said she placed her trust in him as a man of God.

Assistant County Attorney Mike Zaino told NH1 it's difficult to prosecute older cases such as this, but it was important for the victim's healing process to hear Huntress admit to the assaults.

Huntress never apologized for his actions.


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