Metuchen Diocese looks to settle mentally disabled man’s clergy sexual abuse case

Bridgewater Courier News

July 29, 2020

By Nick Muscavage

The Diocese of Metuchen has offered to settle a lawsuit brought by a mentally disabled man who claims he was sexually abused by priest in the basement of St. James Catholic Church in Woodbridge nearly three decades ago.

The priest, the Rev. Kevin P. Duggan, took the man to a private area of the basement of St. James on Amboy Avenue on two separate occasions and pulled the man’s pants and underwear down to his ankles and touched his penis, according to the lawsuit.

The man, who is only identified in the lawsuit by his initials, has a mental capacity of a 12-year-old child, according to court documents.

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