A Westchester County judge has dismissed the charges of inappropriate behavior with a minor against Father Tom Kreiser, a former priest at St. Patrick’s Church in Yorktown.
Kreiser was a priest at St. Patricks’ from 2011 to 2017. He had most recently served as a parochial vicar of St. Joseph’s parish in Bronxville.
Kreiser was being investigated for allegations of inappropriate behavior with a minor. The DA’s office filed a motion to dismiss the case last month.
“We did not feel we could prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt,” said Helen Jonsen, the director of public information for the DA’s office, in an email. “The Judge granted the motion.”
Joseph Zwilling, Archdiocese of New York Director of Communications, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
After the initial investigation was announced, Zwilling had told the Yorktown News that Kreiser was “suspended from his assignment.”
In several media reports, Zwilling said the Archdiocese was pleased to learn the charges were dismissed.
“Father Kreiser has remained a priest throughout, although he was without an assignment and restricted from publicly exercising his ministry while the case was under investigation,” Zwilling told Catholic New York, America’s largest Catholic newspaper. “We now look forward to meeting with him and discussing his future assignment.”