Fr. James F. Quinn – Diocese of Syracuse

| Jul 30, 2019 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father James F. Quinn

Diocese of Syracuse

Ordained: 1958

Removed: 2013

Assigned as follows:

  • >1959                  St. Patrick (Syracuse, NY)
  • >1960 – 1971      St. Agnes (Utica, NY)
  • >1967 – 1971      St. John & St. Joseph Home CYO (Utica, NY)
  • >1969 – 1971      Bethlehem Day Camp (Utica, NY)
  • >1972 – 1975      St. Paul (Rome, NY)
  • >1973                 Oneida Co. Home (Rome, NY)
  • >1976 – 1978      St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Munnsville, NY)
  • >1976 – 1978      New York State Agriculture and Technical College   (Morrisville, NY)
  • >1979 – 1988      St. Paul (Whitesboro, NY)
  • >1989 – 1994      St. James (Syracuse, NY)
  • >1995 – 2000      Most Holy Rosary (Syracuse, NY)
  • >1996 – 2003     Special assignment
  • >2001 – 2004     St. Ann (Manlius, NY)
  • >2004 – 2005     Absent on leave
  • >2005                Tommy Coyne Residence Dillon Hall, (Syracuse, NY)
  • >2006 – 2007     St. Peter (Syracuse, NY)
  • >2008                Our Lady of Pompeii (Syracuse, NY)
  • >2009 – 2011     Sacred Heart (Cicero, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations Against Father James F. Quinn:

According to media reports, in May 2003, Father James F. Quinn was accused in a lawsuit of sexually abusing and exploiting a boy from 1963 to 1970. At the time, he was the assistant pastor of St. Agnes Church in Utica. The church also operated a grammar school, which the boy attended.

According to the alleged victim, the abuse started when he was 14 and occurred almost daily. He claimed Father Quinn would get him drunk and then abuse him. He said Father Quinn gave him money, jobs, a car and expensive trips to Hawaii and South America to silence him. When he tried to refuse Father Quinn’s sexual advances, the priest roughed him up and forced him to continue, according to the lawsuit.

Father Quinn denied the allegations. At the time of the accusation, he was director of the Office of Vocation Promotion, where his job was to recruit candidates for the priesthood. The Diocese of Syracuse placed him on leave pending an investigation.

In December 2004, the church cleared Father Quinn to return to ministry after finding insufficient evidence to substantiate the allegations against him. Church officials said they received no other allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

The suit was dismissed because the statute of limitations had expired.  The man’s attorney fought to have the case reinstated. In July 2005, after denying leave in the 30-year-old alleged sexual abuse case, the court reversed itself and agreed to hear the appeal.

Father Quinn retired in good standing in 2012.

In 2013, another man accused Father Quinn of raping him in the rectory of St. Ann’s Church in Manlius during a rehearsal for his confirmation in 1989.

“He took me to a room in the rectory and raped me,” the man said. “I was frozen. I was disconnected from my body. I just wanted it to end. I remember I focused on a clock. It was 4:23 in the afternoon.”

Father Quinn died in 2013 at the age of 80. The Diocese of Syracuse was unable to determine whether the allegation was credible because Father Quinn had died a year earlier.

Father Quinn’s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Syracuse’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors, published in December 2018, after the Review Board determined that the allegations 2003 of abuse of a boy 1963-1970 were credible.

He was among 32 priests in the Diocese of Syracuse who were removed as part of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People that was established in June 2002.

Another lawsuit was filed in February 2019.

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