DENVER — Denver police won’t investigate a Roman Catholic priest removed from active duty after allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor in the 1970s because the date of the accusation falls outside the statute of limitations.

Police spokesman Lt. Matthew Murray Tuesday said that Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput (SHAP’-yoo) is cooperating with police. He says Chaput promptly contacted police last week to report the allegations against Father Mel Thompson of St. Thomas More Parish in Centennial.

Chaput relieved Thompson of his duties a day after the man accused the priest. Thompson has said he is innocent.