Pastor of Plymouth Church Suspended over Child Sex Abuse Allegation
February 12, 2012
|The Rev. James E. Braley |
BRAINTREE — The Boston Archdiocese announced Sunday that it has placed the pastor of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in Plymouth on administrative leave as a result of receiving an allegation of sexual abuse of a child.
The allegation against Rev. James E. Braley concerns conduct alleged to have occurred in the early 1980s.
The archdiocese said it immediately notified law enforcement of the allegation and has initiated a preliminary investigation.
The Rev. iwill remain on administrative leave pending the outcome of the preliminary investigation.
The Rev. William Williams, pastor of St Peter's Parish in Plymouth, has been named administrator and will be assisted by the Rev. Jack Schatzel, retired pastor of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha.
The last Plymouth priest to be accused of sex abuse was the Rev. Kenneth LeBlanc, pastor of St. Peter's Church. He died in 2010, less than a year after the allegation surfaced.