Assignment Record– Rev. John Francis Keane
Summary of Case: Keane pleaded guilty in 2008 to indecent assault and battery of a girl under the age of 14. The abuse occurred between 1981-1983. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail, and probation. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender. He is last known to have been living in Merrit Island, Florida, and is registered sex offender. Keane was defrocked by the Vatican in 2009.
Boston archbishop was Richard James Cushing (1944-1970), followed by Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983).
|6/04/73||Sacred Heart||Middleboro||MA||2/3||Keane was one of two Boston priests of the era with the same name. The other John F. Keane was ordained in 1965.|
• Pleaded guilty in 2008 to indecent assault and battery of a girl under the age of 14. The abuse occurred between 1981-1983.
|MA||3/3, 4/4, 2/2, 2/3||Keane was sentenced to 30 days in jail and probation.|
Bernard Francis Law succeeded Medeiros (1984-2002).
|6/29/87||Our Lady of the Rosary||Stoughton||MA||
||Holbrook||MA||2/3||Parish had a school with 320 students.|
Law was replaced by Sean Patrick O'Malley, O.F.M. Cap.
|9/18/03||Leave of Absence/Without Permission||
In June 2011 the Boston archdiocesan announced that Keane was removed from the clerical state by the Vatican in 2009. He was, at the time, a registered sex offender and living in Merritt Island, Florida.
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1965-2009)
• Former Priest Pleads Guilty to Indecent Assault; Da: He Served in Milton, Stoughton Parishes, By Don Conkey, Patriot Ledger, February 19, 2008
• Archdiocese of Boston Announces Robert F. Daly, John Keane, Robert Knapp and Benjamin Mcmahon Are No Longer in the Clerical State, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston
June 13, 2011
• Two with Local Ties Among 4 Defrocked Priests, MetroWest Daily News, June 13, 2011
• Vatican Defrocks 4 Priests; 3 Served at South Shore Churches, By Lane Lambert, Brockton Enterprise, June 14, 2011
• Greater Taunton Clerics Included in List of Clergy Accused of Sexual Abuse, By Gerry Tuoti, Taunton Daily Gazette, August 26, 2011
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This assignment record was last updated on October 3, 2015.