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Archdiocese places pastor on administrative leave

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BRAINTREE -- The Archdiocese of Boston placed Father James E. Braley, pastor of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in Plymouth, on administrative leave on Feb. 12, after receiving allegations of sexual abuse of a child that occurred in the early 1980s.

The archdiocese immediately notified law enforcement of the allegation and also initiated a preliminary investigation into the complaint.

"We remain committed to doing everything possible to ensure the safety and well-being of children and young people in our parishes and institutions," stated Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley.

Father Braley will remain on administrative leave pending the outcome of the preliminary investigation.

A statement from the archdiocese said the decision to place Father Braley on administrative leave represents their commitment to the welfare of all parties, not a determination of guilt or innocence.

"The archdiocese will work to resolve this case as expeditiously as possible and in a manner that is fair to all parties," the statement said.

William Sullivan, the lawyer representing Father Braley, called charges "unsupported, inaccurate and untruthful," the Quincy newspaper the Patriot Ledger reported on Feb. 14.

Meanwhile, the archdiocese made arrangements to continue pastoral care at the Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Parish community.

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