Defrocked Priest Controversy

My Fox New York
March 30, 2009

[with video]

MYFOXNY.COM - Disturbing questions are springing up around a former priest who is now working in the public school system. Michael O'Herlihy was defrocked in 1993 amid allegations of sexual misconduct with a former student.

O'Herlihy is now an assistant principal for math and science at Manhattan Comprehensive Night and Day HS.

Several years after the allegations were made against O'Herlihy, some of his alleged victims sued but the statute of limitations had expired. Now, a new bill might change that.

Watch the report from Fox 5's Mike Sheehan (video, left).

Below is a statement from the Board of Education:

When the Board of Education hired Mr. O'Herlihy in 1995, it was unaware of any allegations against him. He has no criminal record. In the fourteen years since, no allegations of improper conduct against Mr.O'Herlihy have been made to the DOE. When we learned from a reporter of these past charges, we immediately sent them to the Special Commissioner of Investigation. His office informed us it would be taking no action. At this time, we have no basis for taking further action.


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