A former president of a prestigious Long Island Catholic school for boys is now suspended from the priesthood following allegations that he sexually abused a minor, according to a ABC7 report.
Father James Williams, who is now reportedly living in Rome, is accused of sexually abusing a student while serving as the head of the Chaminade High School in Mineola, the report said.
Williams, who reportedly denied the allegations, worked at the school for 12 years, and resigned in 2011.
The Marianist order, who staffs the school, said a “comprehensive investigation” was carried out in a statement on the school’s website, prompting Williams’s suspension.
Williams’s case was referred to the Vatican for a final decision about his status.
The order also reportedly contacted the Nassau County district attorney and the Diocese of Rockville Centre about the charges. Investigators there told Newsday that it spoke to the victim and is moving forward with the investigation.
Officials urged anyone with information about these allegations to contact the district attorney’s office at 516-571-3800 and ask for the Special Victims Bureau.