3 men claim abuse from Trenton priest

February 21, 2011 3:12:32 PM PST
Three men are claiming they were molested by a priest in the Trenton diocese.

Today, in Little Egg Harbor, they said an allegation of sexual abuse filed years ago against father Terence McAlinden is not the only one.

The diocese confirms that McAlinden was removed from his ministry duties in 2007.

Today, three men came forward claiming they, too, were sexually abused as youngsters by "Father Mac".

"Later that night, when he returned, that's when the abuse occurred in a place that I thought was totally safe, the priest home, the rectory. It was that night in his room that my innocence, my trust in the Catholic Church and priests overall was taken away," former altar boy Robert Markulic said.

The diocese issued a statement today saying the new allegations will be investigated, and if warranted, Father McAlinden could be removed from the priesthood.