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SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) – Authorities say a priest found two people having sex beneath a statue of the Virgin Mary at a Roman Catholic church in New Jersey.

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

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Authorities say the pair was found around 12:30 p.m. 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.

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It wasn’t known Wednesday if either Getchius or Smart retained attorneys. Telephone numbers for the pair could not be located.

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