Child & Youth Protection

TO REPORT SUSPECTED ABUSE:
Contact Deacon Vincent Brigande at (908) 930-4558 (24 hours/7 days a week) or any of the law enforcement or other governmental agencies listed to the left, under "Report a Suspected Abuse."

FOR QUESTIONS RELATED TO COMPLIANCE:
Parish Facilitators or individuals should initially contact Valarie McAlister at (732) 562-2445 for questions related to the Virtus program, processing background checks or listings in the ParishSoft program.

Rev. Msgr. William Benwell, JCL
Episcopal Vicar for Canonical Affairs
(732) 562-2440  •  wbenwell@diometuchen.org

Christopher J. Fusco, JCL, Esq.
Director and Compliance Officer
(732) 529-7923  •  cfusco@diometuchen.org

Deacon Vincent Brigande
Response Officer
(732) 562-2413  •  vbrigande@diometuchen.org
To report suspected abuse: (908) 930-4558 (available 24 hours / 7 days a week)

Valarie McAlister
Administrative Assistant, Compliance Desk
(732) 562-2445  •  vmcalister@diometuchen.org


The Office of Child and Youth Protection is responsible for assisting the Bishop in the Diocese’s efforts to combat and prevent child sexual abuse. The Diocesan Response Officer receives complaints of sexual abuse and notifies diocesan authorities. The diocesan liaison then immediately notifies law enforcement of the complaints.

The Office of Child and Youth Protection:

  • coordinates the implementation of the diocese’s safe environment programs including Protecting God’s Children which educates adults on how to identify and prevent child sexual abuse,
  • investigates all complaints in coordination with county and/or local law enforcement,
  • assists Church officials in canonical or Church disciplinary proceedings involving clergy charged with committing sexual abuse,
  • facilitates and ensures parishes comply with the Diocese’s policies and procedures on criminal history background checks.