Priest Accused of Abuse Has Served on North Shore

By Tom Dalton
Salem News
February 14, 2012

The Plymouth priest who is accused of sexually abusing a child three decades ago served at three parishes on the North Shore.

The Rev. James E. Braley, longtime pastor of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in Plymouth, also served at parishes in Salem, Lynn and Marblehead.

He was assigned to St. James Parish, Salem, from 1986 to '90; St. Mary's, Lynn, from 1990 to '94; and Our Lady Star of the Sea, Marblehead, in 1994, according to the Archdiocese of Boston.

Braley, who has been in Plymouth since 2001, was placed on administrative leave over the weekend after the archdiocese received the allegation. The alleged abuse occurred in the early 1980s, according to the archdiocese.

Braley served at St. Peter Parish, Cambridge, from 1975 to '81 and at Archbishop Williams High School, Braintree, from 1981 to '86.

"The archdiocese immediately notified law enforcement of the allegation and has initiated a preliminary investigation into the complaint," the archdiocese said in a statement. "Braley will remain on administrative leave pending the outcome of the preliminary investigation.

"The decision to place Braley on administrative leave represents the archdiocese's commitment to the welfare of all parties and does not represent a determination of Braley's guilt or innocence as it pertains to this allegation."


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