|Assignment Record– Rev. Austin Peter Keegan
Summary of Case: Keegan may have sexually abused at least 80 children in the San Francisco and Santa Rosa dioceses. He was called "a monster" by a San Francisco Assistant District Attorney because of the large numbers of children he is said to have abused and because he used force. Keegan left California and moved to Mexico in the early 1980s, where he worked for a time in an orphanage. He was accused of child sexual abuse in a 1994 lawsuit, was found to be in Mexico by a news crew, but refused to return to the U.S. to face the allegations. The lawsuit ended in a settlement. In 2002 he was indicted on 40 counts of the abuse of three minors over a 28-year period. He then fled from his home in Oceanside CA, back to Mexico. He was arrested in March 2003 in Puerta Vallarta and returned to the United States. Keegan was released from custody after a few months when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a California statutes of limitations law that would have allowed for prosecution.
San Francisco archbishop was Joseph Thomas McGucken (1962-1977).
• Keegan was accused in a Jan. 2003 lawsuit of having molested a 14-year-old boy in 1965. The accuser said that Keegan plied him with alcohol and cigarettes, wrestled with him, and had the boy spend nights with him in the priest's rectory bedroom.
|CA||4/5, 4/4, 3/4, 2/4||Parish had a school with 376-400 boys and 412-400 girls.|
• Keegan was accused of repeatedly raping and orally copulating a 10 year-old boy in 1967 at the Disneyland Hotel one night, two months after Keegan said the funeral mass for the boy's father. The accuser said he reported the abuse to the San Francisco archdiocese and the Santa Rosa diocese in 1976.
|CA||3/4, 3/5||Parish had a school with 361-340 boys and 364-338 girls.|
|1969||1973||St. Vincent De Paul||San Francisco||CA||2/4, 2/5||Parish had a school with 175-167 boys and 209-187 girls.|
St. Ignatius Preparatory High School
|San Francisco||CA||Keegan is said to have been assigned to St. Ignatius in the middle of the 1969-1970 school year. This assignment does not appear in the Official Catholic Directory, but Keegan is included in the 1970 school yearbook, the Ignatian.|
|1972||1975||Mary's Help Hospital||Daly City||CA||Chaplain|
Santa Rosa bishop was Mark Joseph Hurley (1969-1986).
|1977||On Duty Outside the Archdiocese||Santa Rosa||CA||Not found listed in the Santa Rosa diocesan pages of the 1977 Directory.|
|1977||1981||Cathedral of St. Eugene's||
• Keegan was accused in a 1994 lawsuit of having sexually abused a boy at this parish from 1979-1981, when the boy was 12-14 years old. Some of the abuse is said to have occurred in a diocesan car outside of St. Eugene's school, and in the parish rectory. The accuser said Keegan's behavior included "forcibly throwing him to the ground and removing his clothes, fondling and masturbation."
Parish had a school with 321-408 students.
Keegan is not indexed beyond the 1981 Directory.
Keegan was found by a San Francisco news crew in November 1994 to be living in Baja California (Mexico). He was "relieved as his duties as a priest" in January 1994. He refused to return to San Francisco to face allegations of child sexual abuse. Keegan is said to have been working at a Mexican orphanage.
The 1994 lawsuit (which involved multiple victims of multiple priests) resulted in a settlement for two victims in August 1995. San Francisco and Santa Rosa church authorities apologized to the victims and their families.
Keegan was indicted in Sept. 2002 on 40 counts of the abuse of three minors over a 28 year period, ending in 1992. Church records indicated he "may have molested as many as 80 children" over three decades. A San Francisco D.A. said Keegan was "a monster" because of the number of children he had abused, and because he used force. Keegan fled to Mexico from his home in Oceanside, CA after his Sept. 2002 indictment. He may have been living in Oceanside since 1998. He was arrested by the FBI in Puerto Vallarta in March 2003. Because of a U.S. Supreme Court regarding statutes of limitations, Keegan was set free later in 2003.
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1963-1981)
• Ignatian, St. Ignatius High School Yearbook, San Francisco, 1970