BRICK TOWNSHIP - A Catholic priest from Brick Township has been charged with sex crimes and endangering the welfare of a child.

The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office says Marukudiyil Velan, also known as Father Chris, is accused of going to the home of a mother and daughter who attend the Church of the Visitation in Brick and inappropriately touching them both.

The Diocese of Trenton says its victims' assistance coordinator has been made available "to those impacted by these troubling allegations."

Velan, 64, is being held at the Ocean County Jail and was required to surrender his passport.

He served in India, Australia, and California before being assigned to the Brick Township church in 2001.