The first Catholic priest to be charged with sexual assault after a call was placed to the New Jersey hotline to report clergy abuse will be sentenced on Monday. In January 2019, the now 42-year-old victim reported alleged assaults committed by a priest who currently served at the St. Philip and St. James Catholic Church in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. Between the years 1990 and 1994, the priest allegedly assaulted the teenage girl while leading a Catholic youth group at St. Cecilia’s Church in Woodbridge, New Jersey in which she participated. She called the hotline in January, which was started by Attorney General Gurbir Grewal as part of the Clergy Abuse Task Force in September 2018. The priest was arrested within 48 hours of the call and will be sentenced to four years in prison and must register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law.
The Attorney General’s Clergy Abuse Task Force created the New Jersey hotline for victims and survivors of clergy abuse to report instances of abuse by clergy members. Hundreds of calls flooded the hotline after its creation and led to the arrest of the first Catholic priest in January. The hotline continues to operate for other victims and survivors who wish to report the clergy abuse they experienced.
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