Priest Denies Abusing Wyckoff Boy After Confession, Friends Say

The anti-confession may mean more legal issues for the complicated sex abuse case, report says.


A New Jersey couple says a priest who confessed in October to having sexually abused a Wyckoff teenage boy over a decade ago lied, according to a NorthJersey.com report.

According to the report, Michael and Amy Lenehan of Colts Neck say the day after Rev. Michael Fugee signed an agreement with prosecutors admitting he groped the teen between 1999 and 2001, he told them he didn’t do it. Fugee signed the confession, they told NorthJersey.com, to avoid jail time.

The remarks could become a legal issue, as one of the stipulations of the confession is that Fugee is forbidden from denouncing it, publicly and privately, the report said. He is also expected to be defrocked, and is not allowed to work with children again in any capacity, the report said.

Fugee’s case made headlines last year when the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office took charge of it and publicly criticized the Archdiocese of Newark after Fugee was found to be working with children.

Judy Jones February 10, 2014 at 02:10 PM
Something to keep in mind- Child predators lie. They are very cunning and manipulative. They know every trick on how to groom, threaten, lie, and put the fear of god into their victims and sometimes even their family members. They also appear to do a lot of goods things, they can be very charismatic and you may think they would never harm a child. They have to be this way, in order to not get caught and to continue to abuse Sexual predators are often powerful and well-loved. It would be comforting if those who preyed on the vulnerable were obvious social misfits whose appearance would somehow set off alarm bells and give us the willies or the creeps. They rarely do. Usually, predators are among the last people we would suspect of sexually violating others. While they are grooming the child and even family members, they devote lots of time and energy building trust with them by giving them money and gifts. They tend to make the child feel that they are special and loved. Also, we must stop thinking that because a man is old, that somehow he's automatically safe. It's just irresponsible to endanger kids by assuming an adult is harmless simply because he or she may be losing hair, wearing glasses, using hearing aids or walking with a cane. These can be signs of advancing age, but they are not signs that an individual is safe around kids. It takes a lot of courage to come forward and take action about being sexually abused. This is not an easy thing to do, but it is extremely rare that a child predator has only one victim. Some have many. Child predators need to be kept far away from kids forever So let's hope that anyone who may have knowledge about this situation or may have been harmed by Fr Michael Fugee, will find the courage to come forward and contact law enforcement, no matter how long ago it happened. Your silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others. Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511, SNAPJudy@gmail.com SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests,


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