Plymouth Reverend Accused Of Sexually Abusing Child In 1980’s

BRAINTREE (CBS) – The Archdiocese of Boston has placed a Plymouth reverend on administrative leave due to new child sex abuse allegations.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports.

Rev. James E. Braley, the Pastor of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in Plymouth, is accused of sexually abusing a child in the early 1980’s.

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

The Archdiocese said, in a press release, that they immediately notified authorities when they learned of the allegations.

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  1. Judy Block-Jones says:

    Hopefully anyone, who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by Fr James E. Braley, will have the courage to come forward and report it to police, not church officials.

    Keep in mind your silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others. Also know that you are not alone, and there is hope and help.

    Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511
    snapjudy@gmail.com
    “Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests” and all clergy.
    http://www.snapnetwork.org/

  2. Judith and Family says:

    It’s a shame that most people will believe this nonsense. James is probably the last person on earth who would hurt a fly. I have known this guys for years and was his student as well so are my kids. This is the last thing that he would ever do. Sad to see that instead of sticking up for this guy the parish just put him on leave because some nutcase conveniently remembered this happened at a time the Plymouth church’s funds are wide open and also conveniently not saying her name. In some days the case will be cleared and no one will cover that story.

    1. Neil Allen says:

      if they don’t stick up for him, that means they know he did it. This isn’ tthat complicated.

      1. John Doe says:

        The church not sticking up for him does not mean they know he’s guilty. This is one of the most ignorant comments I’ve ever read. We all know that the church has had PR problems in the past and now they cannot afford to take a chance on protecting someone who could potentially be a child abuser. However, that does not mean every priest accused of molestation is guilty. This man may very well be innocent and given the comments on this page, he seems to have enough support to make me believe these allegations are false. Think before you speak Neil!

  3. Eliza Johnson says:

    I don’t know how this lady will be able to sleep at night for making such a false accusation. She picked the wrong guy to make quick cash. James is the LAST person who could ever be accused of this. It sucks to be her when she’s in court and gets proven a liar. What comes around goes around

    1. Jenna says:

      Yea, I was his student 30-years ago too. This is the last thing anyone could ever accuse him from. I think I know this lady. She’s demented, trying to make a quick buck. Wonder how many others she has tried to scam.

      1. heartbroken says:

        PLEASE, I’m begging you. If you are a previous student of Fr. Jim and you have first hand knowledge of these accusations or this case, PLEASE i implore you to go to the police, go to the papers, and TELL THE TRUTH to exonerate this wonderful man. He does not deserve his life’s work and reputation to be tarnished because of this. Sadly, I fear the majority of people who don’t know him will just think “oh another sad story of abuse – it must be true.” IT IS NOT TRUE. Please if you have information that can help prove these falsehoods, please come forward. God knows the truth. May God Bless us all.

    2. Neil Allen says:

      and what are you going to do when you find out he’s the millionth priest that raped a child and you’re the millionth parishioner that stood up for the child rapist instead fo the victim?

      1. Catholic says:

        You have no idea what you are taking about and your statistics are so far removed from the truth it is pathetic.

  4. Anony says:

    James don’t worry about what these people are saying because we all know that you are not involved in this mess. It’s very easy nowadays for women to come in and accuse people especially priests of such allegations. If anyone knows James, they know that he would never do such a thing. She thinks this is going to be an easy way of getting her money, but think again because even though the church put him on leave, he has enough people behind him to support him all the way. James we will help you get through this!!

    1. Neil Allen says:

      only 4,392 priests are known child rapists according to the Catholic church’s John Jay report, a figure that is at least 20 times that of the “normal” population.

  5. Jarred says:

    I don’t know this guy, or this situation really, but when I was a teen, me and a few other friends were all accused of a violent crime by a female who had a victim complex. I know what it’s like to be innocent and accused for no reason. Luckily for me and my friends, there was video footage proving we weren’t even in the same town at the time of the crime, but even after months of worry, going to court, paying lawyers fees, and all the horrible things that go along with an experience like that, we never got even as little as an apology. If this man is innocent, I pity him, because most people don’t understand how many people out there are willing to lie for money or other reasons.

    1. Neil Allen says:

      if you were in a known gang of child rapists, then you deserved it. THat’s what the Catholic church is, and they all know it, since they all do confessions to each other.

      1. Catholic says:

        I don’t think you are literate and you probably shouldn’t be commenting on here.

      2. Joan Hogan says:

        In response To ” CATHOLIC” are you saying people like US Senator Scott Brown
        Are Lying ? Sexual Abuse By Clergy has been Proven In Many Cases. I am not saying That every Accusation may have Merit , however, Even The Former Saint
        Margarets Hospital For Women which was Located In Dorchester, Ma and Now
        Closed had Incidents that the Catholic Hospital never reported, to authorities,I am
        not saying actions by clergy ,although serious Incidents the Hospital Never reported which were Criminal In Nature.

      3. John Doe says:

        He just said he was found innocent. Neil, you’re an idiot. Not everyone accused is guilty. You should really just disappear. Your cynical comments are of no value here.

  6. Joan Hogan says:

    I hope the Truth Prevails ! Being Accussed Of Something you did not do has An
    Everlasting Impression ! Even when you are Proven Innocent ! The Damage Is Still
    Done. , To either The Victim or The Accussed. It Is not unusual for certain Parents
    to Slander or write libelous accusations against someone when they think they
    won’t be caught. Lets Hope Justice Prevails for all victims.

  7. Heartbroken says:

    PLEASE, I’m begging you. If you are a previous student of Fr. Jim and you have first hand knowledge of these accusations or this case, PLEASE i implore you to go to the police, go to the papers, and TELL THE TRUTH to exonerate this wonderful man. He does not deserve his life’s work and reputation to be tarnished because of this. Sadly, I fear the majority of people who don’t know him will just think “oh another sad story of abuse – it must be true.” IT IS NOT TRUE. Please if you have information that can help prove these falsehoods, please come forward. God knows the truth. May God Bless us all.

    1. Neil Allen says:

      most of these cases are proven true, and in EVERY case for the last 60 years some parishioners come forward and say the pedophile “was so nice he never could have done that”.

      1. Catholic says:

        Another incorrect fact – that most of these cases are proven true. What are you, a Protestant minister looking for new recruits for your empty church?

  8. Neil Allen says:

    Yet another pedophile priest in Cardinal Law’s pedophile protection program.

    Catholics in his diocese and under his spell will come to defend him but the fact is that 97% of accusations against Catholic preists are proven true, and every single priest lied about it.

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