Local priest accused of sexual abuse permanently removed from ministry

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The alleged victims of a former Pearl River priest and Westchester Catholic school leader accused of sexual abuse are resting a little easier today, knowing he has been permanently removed from his ministry

The allegations against Monsignor John O’Keefe’s go back for more than 30 years ago. He was suspended last year for allegedly sexually abusing a student on class trips in Virginia and Ulster County.

Two other male victims have come forward since then and their allegations were found credible…

“…To the point where the review board of the Archdiocese of New York was unanimous in its recommendation to Cardinal Dolan that Monsignor O’Keefe be removed permanently,” said Dr. Robert Hoatson, President of Road to Recovery.

Others say O’keefe’s alleged abuse started even earlier, when he was a guidance counselor at Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx.

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