Priest Trainee Accused of Luring Females in Middletown

By Dustin Racioppi
Asbury Park Press
October 26, 2011

MIDDLETOWN Using the bait of alcohol and cash for sex, a Perth Amboy man training here for priesthood was arrested Tuesday after he was caught driving in town and enticing young women to get into his vehicle, police said.

The man, Marcin Burek, a native of Poland, is accused by police of trying to lure females between ages 13 to 19 into his car Tuesday. Criminal complaints against Burek, 27, say that in each of four instances he promised the females alcohol and offered to pay them $10 for sex.

Township police Detective Lt. Steve Dollinger said the victims reported to police that Burek was driving down streets where they were walking and enticing them to "go for a ride to buy alcohol."

Burek has been studying at The Church of St. Catherine Laboure on Bray Avenue on a student visa to gain "parish ministry experience and to further discern his vocation," said Rayanne Bennett, the executive director of communications for the Catholic Diocese of Trenton.

In a statement to the Asbury Park Press, Bennett said: "The Diocese is deeply concerned about this incident. We are cooperating fully with the authorities as they investigate."

Burek was charged with luring, prostitution, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, Dollinger said.

He was held in lieu of $20,000 bail at the Monmouth County Jail in Freehold Township.

Police declined to release his photo.


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