Priest who once led high school suspended in sex abuse case

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Posted: May 14, 2016 6:59 PM

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A priest and former president of a prestigious Catholic high school on Long Island in New York has been suspended after the order says allegations of sexual abuse of a student were deemed credible.

The Marianist (MEHR'-ee-uh-nihst) order, also known as the Society of Mary, said Friday it conducted a "comprehensive investigation."

They say Rev. James Williams has denied the allegations.

Prosecutors say the statute of limitations for misdemeanor sexual abuse expired in 2013. They say the victim was legally an adult at the time and has said twice he doesn't want to press charges.

Williams resigned in 2011 as president of the all-boys Chaminade (SHAH'-mih-nahd) High School but remained a priest.

He could not be reached Saturday. There was no immediate information on a lawyer who could comment on his behalf.

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This story has been corrected to show the victim was legally an adult at the time of the alleged abuse, not a minor, according to prosecutors.