NJ monument to child sex abuse victims destroyed

November 21, 2011 4:07:10 AM PST
Police say a man wielding a sledgehammer destroyed a memorial at a Roman Catholic church in New Jersey that was dedicated to the victims of child sexual abuse.

Police say 37-year-old Gordon Ellis attacked the 400-pound black basalt monument outside St. Joseph's Church in Mendham on Friday night. Ellis is charged with defacement of private property, desecration of a venerated object and criminal mischief.

Police don't have a motive.

The memorial was dedicated in 2004 near the rectory that was home to a priest who was defrocked and admitted molesting about a dozen children at St. Joseph's and other parishes.

Monsignor Joseph Anginoli tells The Daily Record of Parsippany the memorial would be replaced but probably not in its previous form.

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Information from: Daily Record, http://www.dailyrecord.com