Fr. James Allen Hoder

Ordained: 1975
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Newly identified as abuser on Chicago Archdiocesan Report in Fall 2009. Archdiocese received a report in 7/1985 of sexual abuse by Hoder of a teenage boy when Hoder was a seminarian. Hoder admitted to the Vicar for Priests he “had many problems from 1976 to 1980….but no involvements since 1982.” Told by the Vicar to avoid unsupervised contact with young people.” Hoder ignored the directive. In 1990 a housekeeper reported male minors going to Hoder’s room, porn everywhere, and a young man around age 18 staying with him in the rectory. Allowed a sabbatical and assigned to another parish. Suspected of theft the same year and investigated for drugs. Removed from parish in 11/91 after three months. Allowed limited ministry. Reports to archdiocese in 11/1992 of sex abuse of a teen boy; placed on leave. Sent to a halfway house in MO. Resigned from the priesthood in 1997. Allegation in 2/2004. Another in 7/2007 of abuse by Hoder and Fr. James Flosi of a boy age 17; alleged victim had called the Archdiocese about this in 1985. Laicization in 12/2009 announced in 1/2010. Included in the 5/23/2023 IL Attorney General’s Report. 

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