Newark Archdiocese under fire for letting priest convicted of groping boy serve as cleric

Critics accused the Newark Archdiocese on Monday of violating a bishops’ agreement to bar abusive priests by allowing a former Wyckoff assistant pastor to serve as a cleric years after he admitted to fondling a teenager.

The Rev. Michael Fugee, 52, has been a priest in good standing since an archdiocesan review board determined several years ago that he could continue as a cleric as long as he has no unsupervised contact with children, said James Goodness, a spokesman for Newark Archbishop John J. Myers.

Fugee, was an assistant pastor at St. Elizabeth’s Church in Wyckoff from 1997 to 2001, when he was charged with criminal sexual contact and child endangerment for allegedly groping a 13-year-old boy. He now works in the archdiocese’s administrative offices, where he is in charge of raising money for missionary work, Goodness said.

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