Fr. James E. Poole

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1953
Status: Settled

Died: 03/28/2018
Diocese: Diocese of Fairbanks AK

Accused of abusing girls throughout career, beginning 1948. Spent most of priesthood in AK. Files show Jesuits knew of issues as early as 1960. Removed from longtime job at KNOM radio station (which he founded) 1988. Suit settled 2005. Admission. Multiple other suits pending in 2006. Another filed 2/07 against Jesuits for transferring Poole (with knowledge of his behavior) to Portland OR where he abused a girl in 1960s. Settlements 11/07, 2008, 3/11 and 2/14. Claims in Fairbanks Bankruptcy. Name included on Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16. Worked at Bellarmine Prep and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tacoma 1990-2003. Was retired to the Jesuits’ Regis Community in Spokane in 2003. ‘Permanent Prayer and Penance’ status in 2016. Died 3/28/18. On Jesuits West Province list 12/7/18.


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