“A recently-ordained Catholic priest was indicted on charges of criminal sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a child for fondling a 13-year-old girl’s buttocks under her skirt, according to court documents.
Marcin A. Nurek, 37, was barred by the Diocese of Paterson from acting as a priest following his Aug. 3 arrest.
He was charged by police with criminal sexual contact and child endangerment, then indicted this month for the same charges by a Morris County grand jury, according to court records.
A few months ago, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office offered Nurek admission into the Pretrial Intervention program. Under the special supervision program, criminal charges would be dismissed if Nurek completed a period of probation and other conditions.
Nurek rejected the offer and the charges were presented to a grand jury.
Nurek’s lawyer, William Ware, could not be reached Friday. Nurek is next due in Superior Court on April 23.
Nurek was released from the Morris County jail within a few days of his arrest by order of a Superior Court judge. He is living at the diocese-owned Bethlehem Heritage in Chester Township.
According to the diocese, Nurek, a resident of Poland, completed a portion of his religious training in Poland and the remainder in the United States. He was ordained a priest on July 1 and assigned to start as of Aug. 15 as parochial vicar of St. Catherine of Siena Church in Mountain Lakes. In this country on a religious work visa, his assignment was rescinded after his arrest.
Nurek followed a group of girls down a street in the town of Boonton, reached a hand under a 13-year-old’s skirt, and groped her buttocks over her underwear and told her she was “sexy,” according to court documents.
Court documents read Nurek was located shortly after the incident and made admissions to police. Police also secured surveillance camera images of Nurek following the girls, court documents indicate.
Nurek is being monitored by a monsignor and a deacon while on pretrial release.”