More victims come forward alleging they were sexually abused by former NJ church pastor

By Nick Delgado
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July 3, 2016

[with video]

The Archdiocese of Newark confirms Father Mitch Walters was removed from ministry last October after 2 others made similar claims

More victims are coming forward claiming they were abused at the hands of a Catholic priest in new Jersey.

"He molested me on two occasions. He fondled me on by buttocks and breast outside my clothes. I was also subject to years of predatory grooming by him," Danielle Polemeni, said.

The former upper Montclair native is the latest to speak up, alleging her former church pastor, Father Mitch Walters sexually abused her when she was only 13.

"I had been processing my abuse from Father Mitch for many years. I didn't feel like I would be ready to come forward myself."

The Archdiocese of Newark confirms Walters was removed from ministry last October after two others made similar claims.

Ultimately, the victims want Father Walters removed from priesthood.

However, an archdiocese of Newark spokesman says they don't have enough evidence to make that call because they say the victims are not coming to them directly to tell their stories.

But Dr. Hoatson argues that's nonsense as the diocese already had Father Walters step down from the ministry when the allegations first surfaced.

Danielle and others are taking legal action and she encourages other potential victims to come forward as well.

"I can't say this enough you do not need to feel guilt or shame anymore,” Polemeni saod.

The Essex County prosecutors is also investigating.



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