NJ Ex-Priest Jailed after Working with Kids

May 21, 2013

A judge has ordered a New Jersey priest held while a grand jury considers whether he violated a legal agreement to stay away from children.

Bail for Michael Fugee (FOO'-gee) remains at $25,000 following his brief court appearance Tuesday in Bergen County, where he's charged with contempt of a judicial order.

Fugee resigned from the Newark Archdiocese earlier this month after he admitted he worked unsupervised with kids.

Fugee was convicted of aggravated criminal assault in 2003, but the conviction was thrown out on a legal technicality.

Fugee reached a deal with prosecutors that allowed him to return to the ministry if his job didn't involve parishioners under 18.

But prosecutors say he had contact with youngsters while working as a priest in Wyckoff and Colts Neck.


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