Civil Suit Accuses Priest of Sexual Abuse in Spring Lake 35 Years Ago

The Star-Ledger
July 22, 2009

MONMOUTH COUNTY -- A civil complaint has accused a priest of sexual abuse in Spring Lake more than 35 years ago, according to a report by the Asbury Park Press.

The report says that a diocese spokesman confirmed the complaint accuses the Rev. John O'Donoghue of sexual abuse during his ministry at St. Catharine's Church and St. Margaret's Church, both part of St. Catharine Parish in Spring Lake.

However, the diocese has no record of a priest named John O'Donoghue working in the parish in the 1970s, and that the Rev. Charles O'Donoghue served there from served there from 1969 to 1975, the report said.

The Rev. Charles O'Donoghue was accused of sexual abuse in 2002 in a letter, which the diocese turned over to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office, the Asbury Park Press report said. The Rev. Charles O'Donoghue returned to Ireland in 1975 and is believed to have died in 1986, the report said.


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