Friday, January 29, 2010
Forest Hills priest under investigation for kiddie porn
A Queens priest is under federal investigation for allegedly violating child pornography laws.
Monsignor Michael Dempsey of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church in Forest Hills, seen above, was placed on administrative leave after the Brooklyn Diocese learned of the investigation.
That means Dempsey cannot present himself as a priest, present sacraments, or wear his robe.
In a statement, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio said, "The steps we have taken are essential to maintaining our commitment to the bishops’ Charter and Norms. It is a responsibility we take seriously."
Dempsey has been the executive director of pastoral communications at the church since 1978.