Fr. James A.D. Smith

Diocese: Diocese of Paterson


Placed on leave in 2002 after allegations he abused a boy from 1962-1965. Diocese found allegations to be credible. Civil suit filed 2003 and settled in early 2005. Matter referred to Vatican. Vatican sent case back to diocese for church trial which was held 2/05. Tribunal found him guilty of abuse of at least one and decided he should be permanently removed from ministry but not laicized. Smith said he would appeal.

Sources: 1.9.03Star Ledger 2.4.05Star-Ledger 9.5.02The Record 1.8.04The Record 9.4.02Star-Ledger 07.12.03Daily Record 10.05.03The Record 12.04.03Star-Ledger 02.03.05;