Former pastor in Diocese of Metuchen accused of sexually assaulting minor

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A former pastor in the Diocese of Metuchen was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor.

Father Patrick Kuffner was on a list released earlier this year of clergy under investigation.

Kuffner served as a pastor at Our Lady of Mount Virgin parish in Middlesex.

He faces charges that date back to more than three decades, before he was a priest.

The Diocese said in a statement, “While the alleged crimes date back to the early 1980’s, more than 35 years ago, and involve an incident from before Father Kuffner was a priest or even a seminarian, the charges are nevertheless shocking and are being taken seriously by the Diocese."

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