Fr. James T. Smith

Ordained: 1956
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Brooklyn NY

Prior to 2002 worked part time as counselor for Queens’ D.A. office. Placed on leave from parish 4/02 due to allegations of “inappropriate sexual contact” with at least 26 boys and girls over 20 years prior. Named in 10/02 suit involving 12 priests and a brother, and a in 10/03 in suit involving 24 priests. Sued 11/03 by a woman alleging he abused her daughter; settled for $2M. Smith died 1/17/12. Diocese unsuccessfully sued insurance company for reimbursement, ruling in 2013. On diocese’s list in 2/19. Accused in suit filed 9/19 under NY Child Victims Act of abuse of a male student of Holy Trinity Academy in Whitestone, Queens 1971-74.


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