- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 9, 2018

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) - A recently ordained Roman Catholic priest accused of groping a 13-year-old girl under her skirt last summer has been allowed to enter a pretrial program that could lead to the charges against him being dismissed.

Morris County prosecutors say the Rev. Marcin Nurek touched the girl’s buttocks over her underwear and told her she was “sexy.” An indictment handed up in March by a county grand jury had charged him with criminal sexual contact and child endangerment.

The 39-year-old priest was put on administrative leave by the Diocese of Paterson following his Aug. 3 arrest. He is an emigrant from Poland and was ordained into the priesthood in July.

Nurek’s lawyer, William Ware, declined comment on Nurek’s admission to the pretrial program.

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