Perth Amboy Man Studying to Be Priest Is Arrested after Allegedly Offering Teenage Girls Alcohol, Money for Sex

The Star-Ledger
October 27, 2011

A man studying for the priesthood was being held today, charged with trying to lure four young females, including three girls, into his car for sex.

Marcin Burek, 27, a native of Poland in the United States on a student visa, was arrested Tuesday and charged with luring, resisting arrest, prostitution and disorderly conduct, said Middletown police.

The alleged victims, a 19-year-old, two 17-year-olds and a 13-year-old, told police Burek approached them on the street and attempted to get them into his car to go buy alcohol, authorities said.

Police said Burek offered money to the 13-year-old and 19-year-old for sex.

Burek was taken to the Monmouth County jail in Freehold in lieu of $20,000 bail with no 10 percent option.

Police said Burek lived in Perth Amboy, but Rayanne Bennett, spokeswoman for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Trenton, said he joined the seminarian program for the Diocese of Trenton in 2010 and attended St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore for one year. He began his "pastoral year" last month.

"The diocese is deeply concerned about this incident," she said. "We are cooperating fully with the authorities as they investigate."


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