Allegations of Rockland County priest abuse 30 years ago deemed 'credible,' archdiocese says

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Friday, December 18, 2015
Allegations of priest abuse 30 years ago now deemed credible
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Marcus Solis has the details from Pearl River.

PEARL RIVER, New York (WABC) -- The Archdiocese of New York said an allegation of abuse against a Rockland County priest has been deemed credible by law enforcement officials.

The allegations involve Monsignor John O'Keefe of the St. Margaret of Antioch Parish in Pearl River.

The archdiocese said it was barred from speaking about it until the investigation was complete.

The victim accused the Monsignor of abuse on two separate occasions, once in New York and once in Virginia.

The allegations have only been deemed credible, not substantiated.

Monsignor O'Keefe has denied the charges, but is barred from publicly performing his duties as a priest until the Archdiocesan investigation is complete.

A spokesperson for the Rockland County district attorney's office said they are aware of the allegations and there is an active investigation, but they are not releasing any information Friday.

Cardinal Dolan sent a letter out to the members of the parish on Wednesday, explaining the situation.

O'Keefe is currently at an undisclosed medical facility being treated for health issues.