Fr. James R. Porter

Ordained: 1960
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Fall River MA

Laicized in 1974. Married and had four children. Named in multiple civil suits in MA and MN for abuse in 1960s and early 1970s. Accused of abusing 100s of children in MA, NM, Crookston MN and TX before and after treatment. Found guilty in MN in 1992 of molesting babysitter. Served 4 months. Conviction overturned by MN Supreme Court. Pled guilty in 1993 in MA to abusing 28 children. Sentenced to 18-20 years. Over 100 claims settled. Died 2/05 of cancer while awaiting release from prison. One woman filed new suit in MN 6/13. Suit filed 11/15 claiming rape by Porter of former NM altar boy; Fr. Bernard Bissonette also accused of raping boy. On Santa Fe archdiocese list 9/12/17. On Las Vegas diocese’s list 4/12/19. On Las Cruces list 6/24/19. On Fall River diocese’s list in 1/21.


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