3 resign from NJ church in priest scandal

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The pastor of a church that let a priest barred by law enforcement from working with children to go on youth retreats has resigned.

The Diocese of Trenton says Father Thomas J. Triggs is no longer pastor of St. Mary’s Parish in Colts Neck, N.J. Youth ministers Michael and Amy Lenehan also resigned.

The Lenehans invited Father Michael Fugee to take part in events and overnight retreats with the church’s youth ministry.

Fugee was convicted of fondling a teenage boy in 2003. The charges were thrown out by an appeals court.

In an agreement with prosecutors and the Archdiocese of Newark, Fugee could remain in ministry, but was barred from working with children.

The archdiocese says it did not know Fugee was working with kids. Fugee resigned last week.

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