A priest at an Elk River parish and school is being accused of abusing a teen in the 1970s.

A lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges that the Rev. Antonio Marfori sexually abused a 15-year-old boy in 1978, when Marfori taught at St. Cloud’s Cathedral High School.

The lawsuit names Marfori, Cathedral and the St. Cloud Diocese as defendants. It alleges the diocese should have known Marfori was a risk.

Marfori was most recently serving in sacramental ministry at the Church of St. Andrew in Elk River.

The diocese says he has been removed from ministry while the allegation is being investigated.

Diocese officials said they had no allegations of abuse against Marfori before the current lawsuit, and it has been reported to law enforcement.

Associated Press