Report a Suspected Abuse

Any employee or volunteer of the Diocese of Metuchen (“Diocese”), its parishes, its schools, Catholic Charities, or any other entity affiliated in any way with the Diocese has received or discovered information which establish reasonable cause to believe that a crime described below has been committed:

  • sexual assault;
  • aggravated sexual assault;
  • criminal sexual contact;
  • aggravated sexual contact;
  • or child abuse

must report that fact immediately to the prosecutor of the county in which the suspected offense occurred and to Lawrence Nagle, Diocesan Response Officer for the Diocese of Metuchen.

The suspected criminal activity must be reported whether you believe the allegation is credible or not.

No investigative action shall be initiated by any employee or volunteer of the Diocese of Metuchen, its parishes, its schools, Catholic Charities or any other entity affiliated in any way with the Diocese without authorization from the Diocesan Response Officer.

Reporting Numbers for Diocese of Metuchen Diocesan Response Officer:

Lawrence Nagle
(732) 562-2413 Office (Monday - Friday; 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
(908) 930-4558 Cellular (24 hours / 7 days a week)

Click here to report a suspected abuse using a confidential submit form.

Click here for more Explanation of Criminal Activity.

Click here for list of County Prosecutor's Offices and their telephone numbers.

Division of Child Protection and Permanency (Previously DYFS)
If you suspect or know of an allegation that the victim is a minor (less than 18 years old), you have a legal responsibility to immediately report the suspected crime to the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Premanency (DCPP).

Reporting Numbers for the New Jersey DCPP

Child Abuse Hotline
1-877-NJ ABUSE (652-2873)
24 hours a day – 7 days a week
1-800-835-5510 (TTY/TDD for the deaf)

Local Law Enforcement
In all cases, you are also encouraged to contact the police department of the locality in which the suspected or alleged crime occurred.

Obligation to Immediately Report Kidnapping of a Minor to Police
Whenever any employee or volunteer of the Diocese, etc. in the course of his or her employment or professional responsibilities has received or discovered information which establishes reasonable cause to believe that a minor has been, is, or is about to be kidnapped, the employee shall immediately notify the local police department having jurisdiction over the matter by means of the 911 system.

This reporting procedure is in keeping with the Memorandum of Understandingentered into between the Diocese of Metuchen (“Diocese”), the Attorney General of New Jersey, and New Jersey prosecutors, as well as with prior existing reporting protocols entered into between the Diocese and the prosecutors of Middlesex, Hunterdon, Warren and Somerset Counties.

Schools Additional Reporting Responsibilities
Diocese and parish schools are also reminded of their obligations to report additional offenses and preserve evidence as set forth in the Modified Memorandum of Agreement for Catholic Schools between the Catholic Dioceses of New Jersey and Law Enforcement Officials.