Pearl River priest removed from ministry over alleged sex abuse

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YONKERS – The archbishop of New York permanently removed a Pearl River priest from his ministry Tuesday because of sex abuse allegations.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan removed Monsignor John O’Keefe because of sex abuse allegations from 30 years ago when he was on the faculty of Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx during the 1980s. O’Keefe has been stationed as pastor of Saint Margaret of Antioch Parish in Pearl River since 2003, but was first removed in December.

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