Friday, February 18, 2011

Parish not told priest never charged

Our Lady Queen of Martyrs parishioners want public exoneration of Fr. Dempsey

Federal investigators never pursued Monsignor Michael Dempsey, formerly of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, on charges related to child pornography.
No charges were ever filed against a popular Forest Hills priest who was investigated by federal officials last year amid allegations he looked at child pornography on the Internet, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said.An anonymous note about Monsignor Michael Dempsey was left Feb. 7 on a door of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs in Forest Hills, where he served from 1961 until 2010, according to a blog post by Forest Hills resident Christine Schott.
The note asked whether Dempsey was ever charged and, if not, whether Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio would notify the congregation, at 110-06 Queens Blvd., in the same manner the investigation was announced, according to Schott.

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