Priest 'catches couple having sex at church'

File image.

A priest found two people having sex beneath a statue of the Virgin Mary at a Roman Catholic church in New Jersey, authorities have said.

Anthony Getchius, 43, of Newark, and Noelle Smart, 48, of Jersey City, are facing lewdness charges, Seaside Heights police said.

Authorities said the pair were found at around 12.30pm local time on Tuesday in "a sacred area" on the grounds of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

They were in a secluded garden located between the rectory and the church, which is next door to police headquarters.

- PA

More in this Section

Demonstrators head to London to demand second Brexit referendum

Nigel Farage rallies troops as he rejoins Leave-supporting protest march

French yellow vest protests staged amid enhanced security

Cyclone lashes remote Australian coast with wind and rain


Wish List: Eight great Irish buys for your home

Seven beauty tricks to update your look for spring

The lost world: Why breathtaking Malta should be your next holiday stop

Ring leader: Why boxing is good for the body and mind

More From The Irish Examiner