Three Men Accuse Former Ocean County Pastor of Sex Abuse

Asbury Park Press
February 21, 2011

Three alleged victims of the Rev. Terrence O. McAlinden, left to right, Pat Newcombe, 43, of North Carolina (formerly of Pt. Pleasant), Bob Markulic, 56, of White Twp. (formerly of Sayreville), and Chris Naples, 39, of Bass River Twp. (formerly of Brick), held a press conference in front of St. Theresa Roman Catholic Church, held Monday, Feb. 21, 2011. / STAFF PHOTO: TOM SPADER

Three men alleged today, at a news conference they organized at St. Theresa Church, that a former pastor there sexually assaulted them numerous times, beginning in 1980.

Chris Naples, 39, of Bass River, said he has filed a lawsuit against the Rev. Terrence O. McAlinden. He alleges being abused by McAlinden, also known as "Father Mac," for 10 years beginning in 1985. Naples grew up in Brick.

Naples had announced his allegations against McAlinden in 2008.

Patrick Newcombe, 43, of North Carolina and formerly of Point Pleasant, alleges he was sexually abused by McAlinden in 1989, though the Diocese of Trenton never reported the alleged abuse to the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office. Instead, Newcombe said he signed a confidentiality agreement with the diocese and accepted money to keep his story secret.

The Rev. Terrence O. McAlinden, pastor of St. Theresa Roman Catholic Church, stands at the gates to the Reservation Chapel by Robert Phillips of Philadelphia. / PHOTO: ASBURY PARK PRESS FILE ~

Bob Markulic, 56, of White Township, Warren County, claimed he was sexually assaulted at the age of 14 at the rectory at Our Lady of Victory Church in Sayreville, where he was an altar server.

Today was the first time Newcombe and Markulic said they have come forward about their allegations against McAlinden.

Newcombe and Markulic got together with Naples after reading about Naples' sexual abuse claims against McAlinden on the Internet.

McAlinden was removed from his position in 2007 and relieved of his priestly faculties, meaning he cannot publicly celebrate Mass, wear clerical garb or present himself as a priest, diocese officials reported.


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