The ex 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 found “credible”, according to CBS News.
Father James Williams was the president of Chaminade High School from 1999 until 2011.
The Society of Mary said Friday it conducted a “comprehensive investigation” into the alleged sexual abuse in 2011 involving a Chaminade student who was 18 or older.
Williams denied anything happened but in a letter posted by the school, it forwarded the information to the Nassau District Attorney’s Office.
Williams was suspended Friday.
In a sta temen, Marianist Brother Thomas Cleary told WCBS the decision to suspend Williams “reflects the solemn promise made to ensure the protection of the young men entrusted to the school remains its highest priority.
According to a letter posted on the Chaminade website, the Marianist Order has suspended Williams from functioning a priest after they said allegations that he abused a student are credible.
If there are any other victims out there, I want them to know that they don’t need to suffer in silence and encourage them to come forward.