Fr. James Porter

Diocese:  Diocese of Las Cruces, Diocese of Fall River

Notes:  Laicized in 1974. Named in multiple civil suits in MA and MN for abuse in 1960s and early 1970. 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 mo but 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.

Sources:  JOHN DOE Nos 30 – 68 and MARY ROE Nos 6 – 8 v Roman Catholic Archbishop of Boston CA 05-0006; Boston Globe 05.08.92; Boston Globe 07.09.92; Boston Globe 12.04.92; Newsweek 08.15.93; Suffer the Children 10.04.93; Boston Herald 02.16.03; Herald News 12.18.03; Star Tribune 04.11.04; TheBostonChannel 02.14.05; Star Tribune 02.15.05; Grand Forks Herald–Reprint of Article from 02.16.05; Fairbanks News Miner 03.24.05; Contra Costa Times 03.22.10; Sun Chronicle 05.13.12; Sun Chronicle 05.13.12; Doe 4 v Diocese of Crookston et al Cause No 60-cv-13-1261 9th Judicial Dist Court Polk Co MN 06.20.13; Bemidji Pioneer 06.21.13; Bemidji Pioneer 06.21.13; Fall River Herald News 06.21.13; Jeff Anderson & Assoc Press Release 06.21.13; WDAZ 06.21.13; Bemidji Pioneer 06.24.13; Herald News 06.24.13; WDAZ 06.24.13; KARE 11 06.25.13; Porter Letter to the Pope in The Herald 06.25.13; Porter Timeline in Wicked Local Somerset 06.25.13; Bemidji Pioneer 10.10.13; Grand Forks Herald 10.10.13; Minnesota Public Radio 02.19.14; Minnesota Public Radio Database 02.19.14; Response of St Paul Archdiocese to MPR Article 02.19.14; SNAP Statement 07.16.14; KOB 11.11.15; Albuquerque Journal 12.06.15; Albuquerque Journal 12.06.15; Providence Journal 01.10.16; Huffington Post 03.08.16; Crookston Times 03.09.16; Albuquerque Times 03.10.16; Boston Globe 06.27.16