Protest held outside St. Mary's over sex abuse concerns

Father Thomas Triggs has been serving as pastor of the church since 2007. Under his watch, Father Michael Fugee was allowed on retreats with children.

Protesters demonstrated outside St. Mary's after learning a convicted child molester has been working with children.

Protesters demonstrated outside St. Mary's after learning a convicted child molester has been working with children. (5/5/13)

COLTS NECK - Protesters demonstrated outside St. Mary's in Colts Neck after learning a convicted child molester has been working with children.

Father Thomas Triggs has been serving as pastor of the church since 2007. Under his watch, Father Michael Fugee was allowed on retreats with children. Since 2007, Fugee has had an agreement with the Bergen County prosecutor to never again work with children following a molestation conviction, which was later overturned on a technicality.

In an email send to parishioners, Triggs said Fugee "has had limited exposure to our youth ministry, always under supervision."

Triggs and two youth ministers have been removed from their posts as a result.

Protesters put some of the blame on Newark Archbishop John Myers, who also signed off on the agreement between Bergen County and Fugee.

Fugee is on leave from his administrative job at the Newark Diocese Center.

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