A former priest from the Metuchen Diocese faces charges of clergy abuse after being arrested on Wednesday. The charges stem from accusations dating back more than 30 years ago that he sexually assaulted a child who was between 13 and 16 years old. After the accusations surfaced during that time, the Metuchen Diocese removed him from ministry. He previously held posts with the Queenship of Mary Catholic Church in Plainsboro, New Jersey, St. Bartholomew Church in East Brunswick, New Jersey, and Our Lady of Mt. Virgin Roman Catholic Church in Middlesex, New Jersey. Currently, he is being held at the Ocean County Jail.
The amendment to the statute of limitations in New Jersey allows older clergy abuse cases to go through the litigation process. Abuse survivors may take advantage of the two-year window to file claims against the individuals who allegedly abused them as children. Before this time, survivors could not gain the closure they needed to move past the deep-seated trauma from which they suffered by abusive clergy members.
If you or someone you love endured clergy abuse as a child, our Metuchen clergy abuse lawyers at Williams Cedar will dedicate their efforts to ensuring that your voice is heard. Please call us at 215-557-0099 or contact us online to schedule a free and confidential case review with one of our attorneys who are well-versed in clergy abuse matters. We serve clients throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and nationwide from our offices in Haddonfield, New Jersey, and Philadelphia.