The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
Monday, December 9, 2008
Sex abuse victims & Catholics raise questions about priest
He was charged with loitering during sting operation at rest stop
"Parishioners and public deserve straight answers," SNAP says
Group also wants a different priest, suspended for abuse, moved & monitored
Organization blasts Trenton diocese for "feigning powerlessness" over employee
--'come clean' about a priest who was charged this year with loitering at a highway rest stop sting operation targeting lewdness & anonymous sex,
They will also hand out 9 pages of supporting documents including the tickets, e mails from concerned parishioners, and one from a high ranking diocesan official.
Police say he spent two hours at the location. Noche claims he was waiting for another person. However, when police phoned that individual, he denied having plans to meet Noche.
In April, at a hearing in Wall Municipal Court, Noche pleaded guilty to parking in a handicapped spot. The loitering charge was dismissed. (The statute number for that one was 19:9-1.13). Noche paid $289 (a fine of $256 & court costs of $33). He was represented by attorney Robert Blasi (732 449 1965, 973 621 7171).
Noche is 'parochial vicar' at St. Catherine's Parish in Spring Lake, just two miles away from the rest stop. (He heads the altar boy program there. A parochial school is attached to the parish.)
At least one St. Catherine parishioner reports that, without notifying parents, Noche has been 'taking students from class in small groups during school to learn about "being an altar server." He reportedly told kids to hold the chalice "like you would hold a martini glass."
Parishioners have asked the church to explain Noche's action but have only been told to stop gossiping.
SNAP believes Trenton Bishop John Smith owes an explanation to his flock, given the church's horrific history of concealing clergy sex crimes and given bishops' repeated pledges to be more 'open and transparent' about such issues.
Noche, now 44, was ordained a priest in 2007. He's a former anesthesiologist. McAlinden is in his 60s.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests