Fr. James R. Adams

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Ordained: 1963
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

First named publicly as accused in the PA Grand Jury report released 8/14/2018. Included on the diocese’s list of credibly accused. In 1992 a man told Fr. David Zubik that Adams sexually assaulted him in the 1970s when he was and 8- to 12-year-old parishioner of Francis of Assisi in Finleyville. The man said Adams touched his genitals over his clothes while driving on outings, and that the priest would do this to other boys, too. Adams was sent to treatment at St. Michael’s Community in St. Louis, MO but left before the program. His faculties were with drawn in 2003 and he was permanently removed from ministry. Adams died in 2011.

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