Fr. Romannilo Apura

Ordained: 1975
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Trenton NJ

Arrested 8/21/14, 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 by bishop 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 from June 2007 to July 2012. Diocese says this is only complaint it has received re Apura. Pleaded guilty 8/15 to aggravated criminal sexual contact. Sentenced 11/20/15 to 3 years in prison, ordered to register as sex offender, and lifetime parole. Time to be served at specialized adult treatment center for sex offenders. Mental health evaluation found Apura to have “repetitive and compulsive behavior.” Released 11/30/17. On diocese’s list 2/13/19. Removed from ministry.

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