A Catholic priest from Jackson, N.J., has been suspended from his post for allegedly sexting with a man he believed to be a 16-year-old boy.
The Rev. Matthew Riedlinger, 30, a former minister at St. Aloysius Church, was formally suspended by Bishop David M. O'Connell Thursday, the Asbury Park (N.J.) Press reported.
Allegations against Riedlinger were first made in 2011 by Timothy Schmalz, 23, of Washington, who told the Diocese of Trenton that the reverend sexually harassed him.
Schmalz told The (Newark) Star-Ledger that he posed as a 16-year-old boy and engaged in sexually explicit conversations with Riedlinger online and via text. Schmalz gave copies of those conversations to the diocese and a local prosecutor's office.
In August, 2012, Riedlinger was removed as priest of St. Aloysius Church and admitted into an inpatient treatment center, church officials said.