Fr. James M. Silva

Ordained: 1967
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Providence RI

Removed from ministry 3/1/93. Two men filed suit 1994. Seven more men filed civil suits alleging abuse by Silva 1960s-1980s. Criminal charges also filed in 1994. Silva admitted in court that he sexually abused a young man. Received 7-year suspended sentence and ordered to undergo counseling. Eight claims settled by diocese as part of $13.5M mass settlement 9/02 (one may have settled earlier). Multiple transfers after initial notice. On diocese’s list 7/1/19.


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