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New Jersey Clergy Abuse Task Force Makes First Arrest

A massive investigation by New Jersey authorities into the sexual abuse of young boys by priests has produced its first arrest.

Fr. Thomas P. Ganley, 63, of Phillipsburg remained held in Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center in North Brunswick pending a detention hearing Friday on various sex assault counts.

Ganley was a priest at St. Cecelia Church in the Iselin section of Woodbridge when he abused the youngster from 1990 through 1994, from when the boy was 14 until he was 17, authorities said.

The charges are the first brought by the New Jersey Clergy Abuse Task Force, which Grewal created last September to investigate allegations of clergy abuse.

“Our Clergy Abuse Task Force is diligently pursuing its mission to expose the truth about past wrongs and seek justice for survivors, because no person is above the law and no institution is immune from accountability,” state Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal said.

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