Fr. James H Cotter

Ordained: 1950
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

Active priest in the Buffalo diocese until he retired in 1978 and moved to San Diego. Allegations of abuse in Buffalo surfaced in the mid-1990s. His name was on a 3/30/07 list of priests with credible allegations in the San Diego diocese. A civil suit filed in 2003 in CA named the San Diego and Buffalo dioceses, and alleged abuse for four years. Buffalo did not participate in payment of settlement with San Diego (but was released from suit). At least two other alleged victims in CA. Personnel file released 10/25/10. Included in 3/20/18 diocesan list as removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Listed as having died in 1991; diocesan list includes deceased priests only if they have more than one allegation.


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