Plymouth Priest in Sex Abuse Rap

By Chris Cassidy
Boston Herald
February 13, 2012

The Boston archdiocese suspended a Plymouth priest yesterday over a child sex abuse allegation from the early 1980s.

The Rev. James E. Braley, the pastor of the Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Parish, was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston announced yesterday.

A spokeswoman refused to disclose where the alleged abuse took place or any other details of the allegations, citing victim privacy concerns.

Braley was assigned to St. Peter Parish in Cambridge from 1975 to 1981 and was the chaplain of Archbishop Williams High School in Braintree from 1981 to 1986. He also worked in parishes in Salem, Lynn, Marblehead and Norwood and had been at Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha since 2001.

The archdiocese said it reported the abuse allegation to law enforcement "immediately" and announced the news to parishioners yesterday.

In a statement, Cardinal Sean O'Malley said, "We remain committed to doing everything possible to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people in our parishes and institutions."



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