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NJ priest charged with sexual contact

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BRICK TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Authorities have accused a New Jersey priest of charges of sexual contact with a woman and her child.

The Rev. Marukudiyil Velan has been a priest at the Church of the Visitation in Brick Township since 2001. He's known in the parish as "Father Chris" and a garden at the church is named after him.

The 64-year-old is held in the Ocean County Jail on $75,000 bail. It's not known whether the priest has a lawyer.

Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford tells the Asbury Park Press (http://on.app.com/MuIeBe ) the woman and her child were parishioners and the alleged assault took place at their home.

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