Fr. James Tamburrino – Archdiocese of New York

| Aug 16, 2020 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father James Tamburrino

Archdiocese of New York/Carmelites

Ordained: 1998

Removed: 2001

Assigned as follows:

  • 1999-2001: Mid-Hudson Forensic Psychiatric Center (Middletown, NY)
  • 1999-2002: Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Middletown, NY)
  • 2003-2005: Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father James Tamburrino:

Fr. James Tamburrino was ordained a Carmelite priest. According to media reports, in March 2000, he was one of four priests named in a lawsuit alleging that he repeatedly sexually abused a teenage boy from 1996 to 1998 while he was working in the rectory as a secretary at St. Simon Stock in the Bronx, New York. The suit stated the priests plied him with alcohol and “gay child pornography,” offered him money for sex, had him watch the group masturbate, and then threatened him with harm if he told.

All four priests were transferred out of St. Simon Stock in 1999 after the boy and his family reported the alleged abuse to the archdiocese and the Carmelites. The lawsuit also alleged that Tamburrino had also sexually abused an underage parishioner while working in Peru. He was removed from ministry in 2001.

In 2002, Tamburrino was arrested for harassing and stalking a young man he met at NYC gay bar. In July 2005, he was arrested again in Rome, New York for taking sexually explicit photos of a 15-year-old boy at a hotel and approaching another teenage boy for the same purpose. He said he was a modeling agent and told the boys they had a “pretty face.” He was convicted in June 2006 and sentenced to five to fifteen years in state prison.

He was reportedly released from Gowanda Correctional Facility in Gowanda, New York, and is registered as a level two sex offender living in Lee Center, New York.

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