Man training to be a priest accused of attempting to lure teens

MIDDLETOWN - A man studying to become a priest at The Church of St. Catherine Laboure in Middletown is accused of offering minors money for sex.

Marcin Burek, 27, a native of Poland, had been living in the rectory of the church since August. Kelly Henderson, 19, says Burek was drunk and propositioned her Tuesday afternoon. Police say it also happened to younger girls, two of them 17 years old and one just 13.

Burek's bio on the Diocese of Trenton's website, which has since been taken down, said he spent the summer of 2007 at Saint Mary of the Lake in Lakewood with his cousin, Father Marian Kokorzycki. On the website, Burek said what excites him about being a priest is working with young people and helping them see their gifts.

The diocese said it's deeply concerned about the matter and fully cooperating with the investigation. Burek is being held at the Monmouth County Jail in Freehold.

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