Priest Placed on Leave Pending Investigation

Catholic San Francisco
March 23, 2011

The Archdiocese of San Francisco released the following statement March 18:

Last week an allegation of sexual abuse of a 17-yearold young woman surfaced against Father Daniel Keohane, the associate pastor of St. Cecilia Parish in San Francisco. The alleged abuse took place in the late l970s when Father Keohane was assigned to Church of the Epiphany. The archdiocese has deemed this allegation to be credible (i.e., warranting further investigation), and thus in accord with archdiocesan policies for the protection of minors, Father Keohane has been placed on immediate administrative leave pending a comprehensive investigation. He has denied the allegation.

Also in accord with archdiocesan policy, the district attorney has been informed about this allegation. The Independent Review Board of the archdiocese has been consulted and will be responsible for an evaluation of the findings and a recommendation of action to the archbishop once the comprehensive investigation has been completed.

Any other allegations of sexual abuse involving Father Keohane should be directed to the civil authorities, and to Archdiocesan Victim Assistance coordinator, Ms. Barbara Elordi. Her secure phone line is (415) 614-5506, and her email is Ms. Elordi is also available to assist with any pastoral concerns that may arise as a result of this matter.

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