But the New York Times reported that Ciolek was contacted "around 1999" by Msgr. Michael Alliegro, who asked him "if he planned to sue the diocese, and then mentioned Archbishop McCarrick's name."
Msgr. Alliegro had served as McCarrick's secretary in Metuchen, and he was vicar of pastoral life for the diocese from 1987 until about 1999.
"And I literally laughed, and I said, no," Ciolek told the New York Times, adding that Alliegro breathed a sigh of relief.
The New York Times reported another priest was in 2004 "forced to resign under the church's new zero-tolerance protocols against child abuse."
That priest told the New York Times that he had written to Bishop Edward Hughes of Metuchen in 1994 "saying that Archbishop McCarrick had inappropriately touched him and other seminarians in the 1980s."
"He told Bishop Hughes that he was coming forward because he believed the sexual and emotional abuse he endured from Archbishop McCarrick, as well as several other priests, had left him so traumatized that it triggered him to touch two 15-year-old boys inappropriately. The Metuchen diocese sent the priest to therapy, and then transferred him to another diocese."
The priest was paid a $100,000 settlement by the Church in 2007.
The office of Bishop Bootkoski said that "The Diocese of Metuchen received the first of three complaints against Archbishop McCarrick in 2004."
It is evident that three men did contact the Metuchen diocese between 2004 and 2005 with allegations against McCarrick.
The first was Ciolek, whose settlement was paid in 2005. The Diocese of Metuchen was aware of his allegation at least as far back as 1999.
The second, a former seminarian, had heard rumors about McCarrick but did not allege having been abused himself.
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The third is the unnamed priest who received a settlement in 2007. He first told the Bishop of Metuchen in 1994 that he and other seminarians had been sexually and emotionally abused by McCarrick in the 1980s, and that this had triggered him to touch inappropriately two underaged boys.
Before becoming Bishop of Metuchen, Bootkoski served under McCarrick in the Archdiocese of Newark for 14 years: 11 as a priest, and three as auxiliary bishop.