Fr. Matthew Riedlinger

Diocese: Diocese of Trenton


Complaints about him to Bishop in 2011 about explicit sexting, emails and verbal conversations w/ students in seminary. Bishop sent him to counseling and lectured him. Two men set up Internet sting in 2012 and the priest exchanged over 1200 explicit text messages and emails with what he thought was 16 yr old boy. The men (supported by 3 others) gave transcripts of the exchanges to Bishop in 2012. Removed; sent for in-patient treatment. No publicity until 2013. Privileges permanently removed 10/13.


Bishop O’Connell letter to Original Complainant 08.07.12; Diocese of Trenton Statement revised 09.23.13; Asbury Park Press 09.29.13Star-Ledger 09.29.13United Press International 09.29.13Waiting for Godot to Leave 09.29.13AZCentral 09.30.13Ocean Signal 09.30.13Road to Recovery Statement 09.30.13SNAP Statement 09.30.13Asbury Park Press 10.01.13Times of Trenton 10.01.13Newsworks 10.02.13Asbury Park Press 10.03.13; Diocese of Trenton Statement 10.03.13; Diocese of Trenton Statement 10.03.13SNAP Statement 10.03.13Star Ledger 10.03.13The Republic (AP) 10.03.13Toms River Patch 10.03.13American Conservative 10.04.13Courier Post 10.04.13Ocean Signal 10.04.13Waiting for Godot to Leave 10.06.13Star Ledger 10.07.13Star-Ledger 11.03.13Star-Ledger 11.21.13;