Priest Admits He Molested Boys

Albany Times Union
May 19, 2010

A Delaware County priest assigned to several local parishes is poised to be banned permanently from ministry after admitting earlier this month to abusing two young boys, according to a spokesman for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany.

James McDevitt, 64, who had most recently served as pastor at Sacred Heart parish in Margaretville, pleaded guilty last week in the Delaware County town of Middletown to two misdemeanor counts of forcible touching, satisfying a raft of similar charges lodged against him last summer.

McDevitt — who also spent time at St. Pius X Church in Loudonville, St. Mary’s Church in Troy, St. Mary’s Hospital and St. Peter’s Church in Delhi — will face six years of probation, including enhanced restrictions placed on sex offenders, at sentencing July 8, said Chief Assistant Delaware County District Attorney John Hubbard.

In a 1997 interview with The Evangelist newspaper marking his ordainment, McDevitt also claimed to have spent time at the LaSalle Institute in Troy, LaSalle School in Albany and Christian Brothers academies in both Albany and Syracuse.

But officials from those schools could not immediately say today what, if any, positions McDevitt held there — or when.


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