Fr. James R. Lara

Ordained: 1973
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Brooklyn NY

Removed from ministry in 1992. Accused of child sex abuse, said to have “favor[ed] Hispanic boys.” Changed name to Jaime, built career as academic; Yale professor, then Arizona State from 2013 to forced resignation 11/17 after revelations of history of abusing children. Laicized 3/30/17. Name quietly posted to diocesan website 11/17 regarding allegations and laicization. At least five alleged Lara victims applied to diocese’s 2017 Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP). Accusations include abuse of three children, ages 9-11, at St. Francis Xavier parish in Brooklyn.

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