Thursday, September 07, 2006


Ex-priest faces more molestation charges

FLEMINGTON -- A defrocked Roman Catholic priest from Hamilton who in 2003 was sentenced to a lengthy prison term after he was convicted of sexually molesting an altar boy has been indicted on new charges alleging he molested another child more than a decade ago, the Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office announced yesterday.

John M. Banko, 60, is charged in the two-count indictment with aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, the prosecutor's office said.


Banko is currently serving a 15-year prison sentence at the Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Avenel. He was found guilty in December 2002 of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old altar boy after Mass at St. Edward's Church in Milford on two consecutive Sundays in September 1993.



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