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Asbury Park, New Jersey
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Tuesday, October 19, 1993
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Asbury Park Press Tuesday, Oct. 1 9, 1 993 A9 Priest denies helping cleric charged with abuse V .A Anocltltd Pent t The Rev. Joseph LaForge, right, leaves court with his lawyer yesterday. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MOUNT HOLLY A Roman Catholic priest pleaded innocent yesterday to charges he assisted a fugitive cleric who fled the country to avoid sexual abuse allegations. An attorney for the Rev. Joseph La-Forge, 56, entered the plea to charges of hindering apprehension and falsifying records. LaForge remains free on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond. LaForge, wearing casual clothes and appearing slightly dazed, had no comment during or after the proceeding. "We entered a not guilty plea because he's not guilty," defense attorney Jerome A. Ballarotto said. An indictment handed up last week charges LaForge with giving $5,000 from church funds to Rev. Florencio Tumang and covering up his role in the escape by altering financial records while both were pastors at Saint Mary of the Lakes Catholic Church in Medford. Tumang, 70, fled April 12, 1992, less than a week after church officials confronted him with the molestation allegations, authorities said. He remains a fugitive. When the sexual abuse allegations surfaced, both Tumang and LaForge were told by a superior from the Trenton diocese that Tumang could not leave the area for a vacation, prosecutors said. LaForge, according to the indictment, watched as Tumang packed his belongings and fled on Palm Sunday, the prosecutor said. "We feel this is a very significant breach of a confidence," said Burlington County Prosecutor Stephen G. Raymond. LaFoige has been reassigned to Saint Thomas More Catholic Church in Chapel Hill, N.C. He surrendered voluntarily to face the charges here. If convicted, LaForge faces up to $7,500 in fines and a maximum five-year sentence, but it is unlikely he would be sent to jail, Raymond said. LaForge has acknowledged giving Tumang $5,000 but he said he thought Tumang would use the money to retain an attorney. Raymond said authorities do not believe LaForge knows Tumang's savings off reg. & orig. prices 1 1 ' sale 34.99 ea., orig. $76-$110 Best Buys! Farberware stainless steel cookware with mfr.'s $5 mailed-in rebate. Choose 8, 10 or 12-qt. cov'd stockpots or 12" chicken fryer. White-boxed cookware only. Sorry, no rain checks. 13.99 farberware best buys orig. $30-$67 Stainless steel cookware with aluminum-clad bottoms. Shown: 3-qt. cov'd saucepan, 4-qt. cov'd casserole, 6-qt. cov'd stockpot (one per customer), 10" cov'd fry pan, 8-cup percolator, 11x17" roaster. Not shown: 1-qt. cov'd saucepan, 8" cov'd fry pan, oval and round trays, colander, country kettle, 2-qt. trigger kettle. White-boxed cookware only. No rain checks. 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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ' si NEPTUNE A teen-ager who was struck by a car in Long Island after a parently imitating a scene from a new movie was recovering this morning following spinal reconstructive surgery at Jersey Shore Medical Center last night. A Pennsylvania youth was also killed and another was critically injured apf-parently trying the-same stunt, lying in the middle of a busy road, which was depicted in the film "The Pro1 gram." Michael Macias, 17, of Syosset, N.Y., was in critical condition in the pediatric intensive care unit at Jersey Shore Medical Center after the surgery, which lasted over 11 hours. A nursing supervisor described him as alert and awake after the surgery. Macias was struck by a car Saturday night while lying in the middle of Bay-ville Avenue in Bayville, N.Y. Nassau County police Detective Thomas Ke-teltas said Macias was copying a scene from "The Program." In the movie, college football players, to show they can stand up to pressure, lie in the middle of a highway as autos whiz by. Macias is a member of Syosset High School's football team. 'I Macias was flown by police helicopter to Nassau County Medical Center in Bayville, and was transferred yesterday to Jersey Shore Medical Center's Regional Trauma Center, t noon, Dr. Michael Lospinuso, an orthopedist, began spinal surgery on Macias, using plates and screws to realign the spine in an operation that continued into the night, according Jo spokeswoman Christine Scott. Macias was taken to Jersey Shore Medical Center because the center is testing the drug cygen, which is believed to help repair nerve damage, and patients who meet certain criteria can receive the drug or a placebo at the hospital, said Scott. The hospital is doing the drug tests as a satellite program with Cooper HospitalUniversity Medical Center in Camden. , r Members of the Macias family are friends with Dr. Stephen A. Becker, the director of the trauma center at Jersey Shore, and Becker told them about the drug, Scott said. The treatment will begin within three days and continue for 52 days. ' Police said the driver of the car that hit Macias, a 17-year-old girl who was not identified because she was not charged, said she saw a group of about 50 youths standing on the shoulder of the road. As she slowed down, she hit Macias, police said. In the Pennsylvania case, Michael Shingledecker, 18, of Stoneboro, died in the accident early Saturday and Dean Bartlett, 17, of Franklin, was in serious condition yesterday at Presbyterian University Hospital in Pittsburgh, i Borough Fire Chief Brad Smith said officials were told that the Pennsylvania teens were acting out a scene from "The Program." The accident occurred on two-lane state Route 62 in Polk. Officials at Franklin High School, where Bartlett is a student and Shingledecker graduated this spring, said neither was on the football team. ' Touchstone Pictures, which released the film, issued a statement saying, "We are aware of the incidents, and we consider them to be tragedies." ?: Preliminary weekend box office'ffg-ures show that "The Program" fk-ished 12th and took in $1.3 million Jeanne Jackson of the Press Coastal Monmouth bureau contributed to this story.

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