Database of Publicly Accused Priests in the United States

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John 1972 P Accused Diocesan Monsignor. Pastor of Pearl River NY parish. Educator most of career in Bronx and White Plains. Suspended 12/15 after allegation of sex abuse of a boy in early 1980s. O'Keefe was a teacher and guidance counselor at Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx at the time, and his accuser was a student. Abuse alleged to have occurred twice - once in NY and once in VA. O'Keefe denied allegations. Investigations by DAs in NY and VA led to removal. Two more male accusers, allegations found credible. No charges due to SOL. Investigation by church initiated. Permanent removal by the archdiocese announced 9/16 by plaintiff's attorney. Settlements with alleged victims 5/17 and 10/17 as part of archdiocese's compensation program. On archdiocese's list 4/26/19. Laicized. New York, NY Source:
Journal News 12.18.15; The Patch [White Plains] 12.18.15; WABC 12.18.15; Daily Voice 12.19.15; Journal News 12.19.15; 12 News 12.20.15; Catholic New York 12.23.15; New York Daily News 05.30.16; Journal News 09.26.16; New York Daily News 09.26.16; CBS New York 09.27.16; Fios 1 News 09.27.16; The Patch 09.27.16; Irish Central 09.28.16; Journal News 09.29.16; New York Daily News 05.18.17; New York Times 05.18.17; Journal News 05.23.17; Church Militant 10.26.17; LoHud 12.12.17; Archdiocese of New York List 04.26.19
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