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University of St. Thomas professor, priest takes voluntary leave of absence

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

A University of St. Thomas Catholic studies professor and priest has taken a voluntary leave of absence, a sexual abuse lawsuit pending.

Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis spokesman Jim Accurso said Sunday Rev. Michael J. Keating will take a voluntary leave of absence, the Star Tribune reported.

Keating is accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl 15 years ago, who was 13 when the abuse allegedly began.

Keating, 57, was notified of the lawsuit Saturday and lawyer Jeff Anderson said he will file the complaint Monday morning in Ramsey County District Court. The woman reported the alleged abuse to the Archdiocese in 2006, and the lawsuit claims little was done upon her filing the report.

Keating was in the seminary and 42 years old at the time of the alleged abuse.

In effort to address allegations of priest misconduct, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis tasked a University of St. Thomas law professor earlier this month to create a special task force to look into the issues related to priest sex abuse. It it not known whether the task force has been notified of Keating's case or if the force will address it.

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