January 20, 2006

Priest's accusers blast Archdiocese for lack of answers

The Jersey Journal

Friday, January 20, 2006
The Archdiocese of Newark's Review Board has completed its investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against Monsignor Peter Cheplic, but won't release its findings, a spokesman for the Archdiocese said.

The Archdiocese also has yet to determine if Cheplic, on voluntary leave from his post as parochial vicar at St. Henry's Church in Bayonne, will be returned to the ministry, Archdiocese spokesman Jim Goodness said.

Joe Capozzi, who told the Archdiocese of Newark Review Board nearly three months ago that he'd been sexually abused by Cheplic over a period of several years, said he's frustrated by the lack of information.

"They asked me to come in there to give detailed testimony and for 21/2 hours I gave them everything they asked for down to what I was wearing, what he was wearing and what type of glass he served me in," Capozzi said.

But Capozzi, Ray Capone and a third accuser who has remained anonymous are still waiting for answers. The three received letters recently from the Archdiocese saying that although the review board's investigation is complete, a decision on Cheplic's future has yet to be determined.

Posted by kshaw at January 20, 2006 06:55 AM