The former priest of township parish was investigated on allegations that he molested a 16-year-old boy and suspended from ministry as a lay person in the mid-1980s.
Rev. Kevin A. Gugliotta, 54, was investigated when he was a Boy Scout
leader and engineer, but the Vatican ruled that canon law, church law,
prevented him from being punished because he was not an ordained priest
yet, a report by NJ.com states.
He became ordained in 1996.
Gugliotta was reinstated in December 2004 and served at five
parishes, including St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in Wyckoff and
Immaculate Conception Church in Mahwah, before asking for a transfer
this past summer, according to the NJ.com report.
Gugliotta allegedly fondled the boy against his will and stalked him into adulthood, the report said.
Gugliotta is a nationally ranked poker player.
He was arrested
on dozens of child sexual abuse counts in October.
possessed and disseminated child pornography after authorities
investigated someone uploading child pornography to an internet chat
room in Lehigh Township, Pennsylvania, where Gugliotta has a residence.
Gugliotta remains incarcerated in Pennsylvania in lieu of $1 million bail.