Priest-in-training arrested in NJ on luring charge

October 27, 2011 10:24:05 AM PDT
Police arrested a man training for priesthood in central New Jersey this week after they say he tried to lure young women aged 13 to 19 for sex by offering them alcohol and cash.

Perth Amboy police say 27-year-old Marcin Burek, who is from Poland, faces charges of luring, prostitution, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Detective Lt. Steve Dollinger says police were called on Tuesday in response to reports that Burek was driving down streets and asking girls out walking to "go for a ride to buy alcohol."

Rayanne Bennett, a Catholic Diocese of Trenton spokeswoman, tells the Asbury Park Press ( ) that Burek was studying at The Church of St. Catherine Laboure in North Middletown on a student visa.

Bennett says the Diocese is "deeply concerned."

Burek is being held on $20,000 bail.

--- Information from: Asbury Park Press