Fr. James C. Lara
Diocese: Diocese of St. Petersburg FL
Pastor of Church of the Nativity in Brandon 1969-99. Per 4/02 news, Lara was accused in a 11/87 lawsuit of touching and making sexual advances toward the daughter of the parish music directors, who had been fired five months earlier. The abuse allegedly began when the girl was 14 and continued for 5 years. The parents also accused Lara of slandering them and of hitting and pushing the wife just before the church fired them. The suit was “amicably resolved” in 1990, per court records. Lara continued at the parish and retired in 1999.
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