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Priest with molestation history working with kids

Local News | Apr 29, 2013

Priest with molestation history working with kids

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Investigators are questioning whether a New Jersey priest once accused of child molestation violated an agreement that called for him to never again work with children.

The Star-Ledger of Newark reports the Rev. Michael Fugee has had an unofficial association with a Monmouth County church for several years. Parishioners say he has attended youth retreats and heard confessions from minors behind closed doors.

Newark Archdiocese spokesman Jim Goodness said Fugee was unavailable for comment.

But Goodness says the archdiocese believes Fugee can work with minors if he’s supervised by priests or lay ministers aware of his past and the agreement’s conditions.

Fugee was convicted in 2003 of criminal sexual contact involving a boy. It was overturned by an appeals court and the priest eventually entered a pretrial intervention program.