REDWOOD CITY, California – A Filipino Catholic priest in New Jersey faces sex abuse charges after his August 21 arrest for allegedly molesting a teenage boy.
A report by Catholic News Asia said the Diocese of Trenton received the news about 67-year-old Fr. Romannilo “Nilo” Apura with heavy hearts.
Apura, who is originally from Borongan City in Eastern Samar, reportedly molested a 16-year-old at the boy’s family home in Trenton, New Jersey earlier this year.
Another encounter reportedly happened in June when Apura allegedly tried to remove the same boy’s pants.
Diocese officials say they immediately alerted authorities after receiving a complaint which resulted to an investigation.
Apura has been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.
Apura had served at the Point Pleasant Parish since July 2012.
He has long served in the Diocese of Trenton and is also an American citizen.
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