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Watertown pastor placed on leave

By Pilot Staff
Posted: 9/4/2009

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BRAINTREE --The Archdiocese of Boston announced that the pastor of St. Patrick’s Church in Watertown, Father Frederick Barr, has been placed on administrative leave as a result of receiving an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor which allegedly occurred approximately 20 years ago.

In an Aug. 30 statement, the archdiocese said it has notified law enforcement of the allegation and has initiated a preliminary investigation into the complaint. Father Barr will remain on administrative leave pending the outcome of the preliminary investigation.

“The decision to place Father Barr on administrative leave represents the archdiocese’s commitment to the safety of all parties and does not represent a determination of Father Barr’s guilt or innocence as it pertains to this allegation. 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.

The archdiocese also said it will work to resolve this case as expeditiously as possible and in a manner that is fair to all parties.

“Cardinal O’Malley offered his prayers and support for all persons affected by this matter, including the parishioners of St. Patrick’s Parish, during this difficult time. Through its Office of Pastoral Support and Outreach, the Archdiocese continues to make counseling and other services available to survivors, their families and parishes impacted by clergy sexual abuse,” the statement said.

Father Raymond Kiley has been named temporary administrator of the parish.