BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Diocese of Buffalo has found that allegations against an Allegany County priest of an improper sexual relationship with a woman are substantiated.
The Rev. F. Patrick Melfi in Allegany County was placed on administrative leave when an investigation into the claim began.
The relationship is said to have happened in 2007.
Bishop Michael W. Fisher has determined Father Melfi will return to ministry because of his "response to the investigation, and his faithful behavior since the relationship ended."
Both Bishop Fisher and the Independent Review Board recommended this.
Bishop Michael Fisher and the diocese added that if you have information that's specific to clerical sexual abuse, you can contact the diocese victim assistance coordinator, Jackie Joy, at 716-895-3010.