Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Michael John Krenik: "I truly regret and am sorry for my Actions"

A priest formerly assigned to a Chanhassen parish has persuaded a judge to seal the record of his conviction for indecent exposure in a St. Paul park.

Michael John Krenik, 55, has been banned from public ministry since his November 2010 arrest. He wants to become a hospital chaplain, his attorney, Paul Engh, told Ramsey County District Judge Judith Tilsen on Wednesday, Jan. 23.

"I truly regret and am sorry for my actions of Nov. 4, 2010," Krenik said, standing before the judge in his clerical collar. He said he wanted the conviction expunged so that he could "begin anew" in his relationship with the city, the church and himself.

Engh told the court that a parish priest, Krenik offered forgiveness to others on a regular basis.

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- By Emily Gurnon, Pioneer Press