Fr. James Francis Hopkins

Order: OFM Cap
Ordained: 1968
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ

Transferred to the Camden diocese from Pittsburgh in 1973. Parents complained in 1988 of inappropriate behavior toward their son. Sent for therapy. Removed from ministry in 1995 after an accusation of abuse of a boy. In 1999 this accuser’s younger brother also alleged abuse. Lawsuit in 1999 by younger brother settled for $625K in 2001. Arrested in 2003. Laicized in 2004. Convicted in 2005 of abuse of boy and sentenced to 8 years in prison as of 3/5/2005. On NJ sex offender registry 6/12/2011. In 2012 a man told the Pittsburgh diocese that Hopkins performed a “medical exam” on him when the man was a freshman at St. Fidelis Seminary High School. decades earlier. Named in 8/14/2018 PA Grand Jury Report. On Camden diocese’s list 2/13/2019.

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