Father James Devita
Diocese of Rockville Centre
Assigned as follows:
- 1966-1969: Our Lady of Good Counsel (Inwood, NY)
- 1969-1978: St. Rocco (Glen Cove, NY)
- 1978-1993: Pastor of Sacred Heart (Island Park, NY)
- 1993-1995: Pastor Emeritus of Sacred Heart (Island Park with residence at Our Lady of Good Counsel (Inwood, NY)
- 1995-2022: Residence in Florida
Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father James Devita:
Father James Devita was ordained a priest in 1957. According to media reports, in 1993, a woman accused him of abusing her 16-year-old son in the late 1970s. She said the priest sexually attacked her son and left bruises and cuts on him during a pre-Christmas weekend trip. He was sent for six months of psychiatric treatment in 1993, and deemed fit to continue his ministry. He moved on to Venice, FL in early 1994. From there, he went to the Palm Beach Diocese in mid-1995. He served for five months at parishes in Royal Palm Beach and Wellington when the new allegations surfaced in October 1995, and he was removed from ministry.
In August 1998, Father Devita confessed to New Buffalo parishioners that he had a sexual relationship with a Kings Park teenager 20 years earlier. Shortly after his confession, the Kalamazoo Diocese received a letter from Bishop Robert N. Lynch claiming that an adult male had accused the priest of sexual abuse while he was pastor at Our Lady Queen of Apostles in Royal Palm Beach.
In 2021, his name was listed on the Diocese of Rockville Centre List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. According to the list, the alleged sexual abuse occurred in multiple locations while he served at St. Rocco in Glen Cove, NY including at the parish, in Devita’s car, at a Catholic retreat, at Devita’s family member’s house and at a private home in Long Island. DeVita died on September 21, 2022 at age 92. It is believed that he last resided in Boynton Beach, Florida.
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