DENVER
01/03/2011 09:38 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Father Mel Thompson Cleared By Church Of Sexual Abuse Allegations

A Church-commissioned panel has cleared a Centennial priest suspected of committing sexual abuse in the 1970's.

Father Mel Thompson of St. Thomas More Parish in Centennial, Colorado was relieved from active ministry in April after the Archdiocese of Denver received a complaint alleging that the priest had committed acts of sexual abuse in the 1970's.

On Sunday, the Archdiocese released a statement saying that an investigation from a panel that investigates sexual abuse claims found "that the allegation against Father Thompson is not supported by the evidence they reviewed."

According to the Church's release, the Archdiocesan Conduct Response Team that investigated the claim consists of "professional laypersons and the archdiocesan vicar for clergy," and had been looking into the case for 7 months.

The panel's decision will allow Thompson to return to priestly duty, effective immediately.