Fr. John J. O’Keefe

Ordained: 1972
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of New York NY

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.

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