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NJ ex-priest arrested after working with kids

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HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) -- A New Jersey priest who resigned after admitting he worked unsupervised with kids despite a legal agreement that barred him from doing so is headed to court.

Michael Fugee will appear in court in Hackensack Tuesday after his arrest on charges of contempt of a judicial order.

Fugee confessed to police in 2000 that he grabbed a boy's crotch and was convicted of aggravated criminal assault three years later. The conviction was thrown out on a legal technicality.

Fugee reached a deal with prosecutors that allowed him to return to the ministry if his job didn't involve parishioners under 18.

Fugee became a fixture at a Colts Neck parish, where he went on youth retreats and heard confession from minors.

Fugee resigned from the Newark Archdiocese on May 2.

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