Retired Paterson Diocesan priest charged with a sex crime
Sex crimes are very sensitive topics as they concern accusations involving indecency, molestation, sexual assault and other lewd acts toward another person. Bergen County residents are no strangers to reports concerning sex crimes. They are aware that sex crime charges are serious offenses that can lead to long-term incarceration, probation, fines and other penalties, depending on the nature of the offense.
A 67-year-old retired Paterson Diocesan priest from Texas was recently accused of engaging in inappropriate sexual contact with another man while inside a bus after he officiated a wedding in New Jersey in November 2013, according to a joint statement released by the chief of Randolph Township Police and an acting prosecutor of Morris County. According to the Diocese of Paterson, the victim himself contacted them regarding the alleged sexual contact in the bus. The diocese then conveyed the reports to the authorities.
On Thursday, the priest was charged with a fourth degree crime, which is criminal sexual contact. The priest accused of the sex crime is currently in Texas and was not yet in the custody of police.
The diocese stated that the priest has been relieved of his priestly duties following the incident.
Most likely, the suspect will be extradited to New Jersey, where he will be prosecuted. While waiting for his extradition, the suspect has the time to prepare for a strong defense, which will allow him to explain his side of the story and contest the damaging allegations. The accused can choose the litigious path or a plea bargain. The choice depends on the defendant whose future is on the line.
Sex crime charges are not easy to deal with. Enlisting a legal professional can make a big difference, especially in defending the case in a court of law. A staunch legal advocate can help steer the case in favor of the defendant's side.
Source: Nj.com, "Priest accused of criminal sexual contact with another man after officiating N.J. wedding," Justin Zaremba, Feb. 21, 2014