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SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Thursday, October 29, 2009

Janitor charged in Chatham priest's stabbing death has past criminal charges; SNAP responds

Statement by Mark Crawford, SNAP New Jersey Director, 732 632 7687

This news just makes an already tragic situation even more tragic. It's yet another reminder to all employers to be extremely careful who you hire. We hope that parents and parishioners will ask their kids if they saw, suspected or suffered any crimes or misdeeds by Feliciano.

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Janitor charged in Chatham priest's stabbing death has past criminal charges

By Jim Lockwood/The Star-Ledger -October 29, 2009

CHATHAM -- A Chatham church janitor accused of killing the parish priest in the rectory had been wanted in Philadelphia since 1988 for an indecent assault of a minor, authorities said in court today.

Jose Feliciano, 64, who is charged with the stabbing death Father Edward Hinds at Saint Patrick Church a week ago, also had been using multiple identifications and social-security numbers over the years to hide his past, Morris County Assistant Prosecutor Leslie Wade told Judge Thomas Manahan in Superior Court in Morristown.

“There was an open arrest for this defendant out of Philadelphia … a bench warrant for indecent assault of a minor,” Wade said.

Manahan maintained a $1 million bail on Feliciano, and converted the bail to cash-only. Feliciano was represented in court by Neill Hamilton and Ana Tent, both public defenders.

Feliciano, of Easton, Pa., was arrested Saturday after police tracked down Hinds’ cell phone to a park across the street from Feliciano’s home.

Hinds was found dead Friday morning in the rectory of St. Patrick Church in Chatham, after failing to show up for the 8 a.m. daily Mass. Hinds was beaten and stabbed 32 times.

Feliciano, who has been a janitor for the church since 1992, quickly became a suspect after feigning surprise at the discovery of the pastor and half-heartedly trying to perform CPR, authorities said.

Feliciano became enraged during an argument with Hinds over the janitor’s “continued employment” there, authorities said. Court documents for a search warrant filed in Pennsylvania revealed that Feliciano was going to be fired because a background check had turned up something.

The bench warrant in Philadelphia was issued on April 11, 1998, Wade said.

Wade said Feliciano had at least two aliases, one being Carlos Feliciano.

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