Fr. Romannilo Apura

Ordained: 1975
Status: Guilty plea

Diocese: Diocese of Trenton NJ

Arrested 8/21/2014, charged with molesting a 16-year-old boy in a Trenton home in late spring or early summer. A second incident occurred in June, when Apura attempted to remove the same boy’s pants. Suspended without privileges during investigation. Had been assigned to St. Martha’s in Point Pleasant since July 2012. Prior to that was at St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral in Trenton June 2007-July 2012. The Diocese said this was the only complaint it had received regarding Apura. Pleaded guilty in 8/2015 to aggravated criminal sexual contact. Sentenced 11/20/2015 to three years in prison, ordered to register as sex offender, and lifetime parole. Time to be served at a specialized adult treatment center for sex offenders. Mental health evaluation found Apura to have “repetitive and compulsive behavior.” Released 11/30/2017. Included on the diocese’s list 2/13/2019. Removed from ministry. Per the list in 2021, Apura was laicized.

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