PEARL RIVER, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A former Pearl River priest accused of sexual abuse has been permanently removed by the Archdiocese of New York.

As WCBS 880’s Monsignor John O’Keefe will never again function as a priest. A church official said the former president of Archbishop Stepinac High School will not be returning to his ministry.

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan suspended O’Keefe from his duties at St. Margaret of Antioch in Pearl River in December after allegations of sexual abuse more than three decades ago surfaced.

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The archdiocese declined to comment while the case and its findings were still referred to the Vatican.

When he was a teacher in the Bronx in the 1980s, O’Keefe allegedly abused a student in a Virginia hotel room and an upstate retreat house. He claims he is innocent.

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The statute of limitations ran out, so criminal charges were never filed. The alleged victim is seeking a monetary settlement.