Priest Charged for Engaging in Sexual Conduct with Teenager
Mercer County Prosecutor
August 21, 2014
Mercer County Prosecutor Joseph L. Bocchini Jr. reported today that a priest from the Diocese of
Trenton was arrested and charged for engaging in sexual conduct with a teenage boy.
Shortly after eleven this morning, the Reverend Romannilo Apura, age 67, was taken into
custody by detectives with the Mercer County Prosecutorís Special Victims Unit at his residence
at St. Martha Parish in Point Pleasant, NJ.
It is alleged that Apura masturbated the teenage male victim in a home in Trenton on an occasion
in the late spring/early summer of 2014. A second incident occurred in June 2014 when Apura
attempted to remove the same victimís pants.
Apura is charged with one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, one count
of third-degree aggravated criminal sexual contact and one count of fourth-degree attempt to
commit criminal sexual contact. He is being held at the Mercer County Correction Center in lieu
of $100,000 cash or bond bail. As conditions of bail, Mercer County Superior Court Judge Pedro
J. Jimenez Jr. ordered that Apura surrender his passport and have no contact with the victim or
any other children.
The Diocese of Trenton reported the allegations to the prosecutorís office earlier this week and
an investigation ensued. Anyone with information on the case should contact the prosecutorís
Special Victims Unit at (609) 989-6568.
There is no scheduled court date at this time.
Despite having been charged, all persons are presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a
reasonable doubt in a court of law.