Fr. John M. Cotter

Ordained: 1960
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

First accused publicly in a 1993 lawsuit of repeatedly molesting a boy 1968-75 from age 7, including oral, digital and anal rape. Boy Scout leader William Reynolds was accused of abusing the boy also. Many other victims came forward, male and female. The Archdiocese is alleged to have known by 1974. CYO, Boy Scouts and confession used in abuse. In 1994, the first plaintiff sent a letter about the abuse to John Paul II. In 1995-98, 7 settled for $575K; 4 others for $361K. Cotter died in 1989. Victims continued to come forward.


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