Report: Middlesex County Priest Barred From Ministry After Sex Abuse Allegation

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY – The Catholic Church has indefinitely barred the pastor of a Jamesburg church from the ministry following an accusation that he sexually abused a developmentally disabled man in the 1990s, according to a Star-Ledger report.

In a letter to the parishioners of St. James Parish, Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski asked for prayers for Father Kevin P. Dugan, 59, who has also been struggling with alcoholism.

Dugan denies the sexual abuse allegations, which date back to a time when the priest was serving at St. James Parish in Woodbridge.  The allegations came to light when the alleged victim, who suffers from a neurological impairment, told a nurse about the alleged abuse when he was hospitalized for emotional problems in April, according to the report.

The alleged victim has accepted the diocese’s offer to pay for counseling, according to the report.

Bootkoski referred the case to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

St. James the Less Church continues to be led by interim administrator, the Rev. Msgr. John B. Szymanksi.


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1 comment for “Report: Middlesex County Priest Barred From Ministry After Sex Abuse Allegation

  1. SNAPJudy
    November 8, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    It takes a lot of courage to speak up about being sexually abused. This is not an easy thing to do, but let’s hope that anyone who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by Fr.Kevin P. Dugan, will come forward and contact police, not the church officials. They are not the proper officials to be investigating child sex crimes.

    Sex abuse thrives in secrecy and secret systems that allow it to continue to this day

    Silence is not an options anymore, it only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.

    Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511.

    “SNAP (The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)

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