Fr. Joseph Donald Keffer

Order: OSA
Ordained: 1947
Status: Sued

Died: 02/6/2005
Diocese: Diocese of Albany NY

Accused in a lawsuit filed in 6/20 of sexually abusing a group of four or five boys at St. Mary’s in Waterford in the early 1980s. The boys, who were as young as 7 or 8, were Sunday school students. Keffer allegedly took them to a back room under the guise of selecting altar boys, had them put their heads down, then fondled their genitals. He is said to have warned the boys that, if they told, God would punish them. Keffer died 2/6/05.

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