Fr. James Mitchell

Ordained: 1973
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Seattle WA

Ordained in Colombia. Brought two impoverished teen boys from Colombia to live with him at St. John’s in Seattle where he worked 1985-86. Promised them US citizenship via adoption, then allegedly sexually abused them for years. One of them filed a civil suit in 2004. The Archdiocese knew of Mitchell’s history in 1986 or 1987 but did nothing legally because the abuse was thought to have occurred only in Colombia. Sent for treatment, then removed from archdiocesan assignments. A second suit was filed in 2005. Name included on archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor.


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