Database of Publicly Accused Priests in the United States

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James R. 1975 P Convicted Diocesan Removed 7/09 after allegation he sexually abused a male teen in 1985. Archdiocese said allegation did not involve parishes where he worked. Four more complaints of abuse in 1970s and 1980s. Permanent removal to life of prayer & penance 2/10 after review board found allegations credible. Former church worker sued 1/11 alleging termination when she turned him in. Suit dismissed 5/11. Appealed 6/11. Criminally charged 6/30/11 - two accusers. Convicted of 3 counts sodomy 4/16/14 in one case and one count of indecent or immoral practice in 2nd case. Formally sentenced 5/30/14 to 15 years prison; arrested. Terminally ill with skin cancer; to be housed at Kentucky State Reformatory in Oldham County which had nursing and hospice units. Appeal filed 5/12/14 included request he be allowed to stay out of jail during appeal. Early parole granted 11/17 due to medical status. Died 12/10/18. Louisville, KY Source:
Courier Journal 07.30.09; Official Statement by Archdiocese of Louisville 07.30.09; WAVE 07.30.09; WHAS 07.30.09; WLKY 07.30.09; Courier Journal 09.13.09; WHAS 09.15.09; Courier Journal 03.23.10; WHAS 03.23.10; WAVE 03.24.10; Courier Journal 01.27.11; WAVE 01.27.11; WDRB 01.27.11; WLKY 01.27.11; Courier Journal 01.29.11; WDRB 01.30.11; Courier Journal 02.16.11; WLKY 02.16.11; Courier Journal 05.16.11; Courier Journal 06.21.11; Courier Journal 06.30.11; WLKY 06.30.11; Courier Journal 07.05.11; Courier Journal 08.23.11; WHAS 09.08.11; Courier Journal 11.30.11; Courier Journal 12.17.12; KentuckyCom 12.17.12; Courier Journal 06.19.13; EPY WAVE 06.19.13; Houston Chronical 06.19.13; WDRB 06.24.13; WDRB 07.10.13; WAVE 09.16.13; Daily News (AP) 11.07.13; WDRB 11.07.13; WHAS 11.07.13; SNAP Statement 11.08.13; WDRB 03.30.14; WAVE 03.31.14; WHAS 04.14.14; Courier-Journal (AP) 04.15.14; WHAS 11 04.15.14; Courier-Journal (AP) 04.16.14; Enquirer-Herald 04.16.14; SNAP Statement 04.16.14; WAVE 04.16.14; WHAS 11 04.16.14; Courier-Journal 04.17.14; SNAP Statement re Sentence 04.17.14; WAVE 04.17.14; WDRB 04.17.14; Courier-Journal 05.30.14; Daily Mail (UK) 05.30.14; SNAP Statement 05.30.14; WAVE 05.30.14; WDRB 05.30.14; Courier-Journal 06.06.14; SNAP Statement 06.12.14; WDRB 06.12.14; WHAS 11.02.14; The Courier-Journal 11.03.14; WKLY 11.03.14; WHAS 11 11.15.17; Courier Journal 11.26.18; Archdiocese of Louisville List 02.11.19
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