Priest and President of prestigious Catholic school sacked for sexually abusing students

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Priest and president of a prestigious Catholic high school on Long Island has been suspended from practicing as a priest after an investigation found allegations he sexually abused a student were “credible.”

James Williams was the president of Chaminade High School in Mineola from 1999 until 2011, CBS New York station WCBS reported.

The Marianist order, also known as the Society of Mary, said Friday it conducted a “comprehensive investigation” into alleged sexual abuse in 2011 involving a Chaminade student who was age 18 or older.

In a letter posted on the school’s website, the order said Williams denied anything happened, but that it forwarded the information to the Nassau District Attorney’s Office.

Williams was suspended Friday. He joined the school staff in 1991 and left Chaminade to study at the Vatican, which will decide if he will be permanently banned from the church. He could not be reached for comment.

The district attorney’s office is asking any other potential victims to come forward.

“Father James’ clerical faculties have been suspended and he is not permitted to publicly function as a priest. His case will be, as required, submitted to the Holy See for final resolution,” said a six-paragraph statement posted Friday afternoon by the Marianist order.


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