Father James Hopkins
Diocese of Pittsburgh
Assigned as Follows:
- 1973 – Moved from Diocese of Pittsburgh to Diocese of Camden, NJ
- 1973 – 1995 – South New Jersey Parishes
- 2003 – Arrested
- 2004 – Laicized
- 2005 – Convicted of sexual abuse
Summary of Allegations Against Father James Hopkins:
Diocesan records show that accusations against Father James Hopkins started in 1988 when he was sent for therapy after parents complained that he was abusing their son. Another accusation came to light in 1995, and he was removed from ministry. The abuse took place at St. Aloysius in Oaklyn when the victim was 10 years old. During his time serving in parishes in South Jersey, he allegedly sought help for being attracted to underage boys. According to media reports, he moved to Florida after being defrocked in 1995.
In 1999, the brother of the 1995 victim also accused Father Hopkins of abuse. The abuse of the brothers included groping, fondling, and being forced to perform oral sex. This case was settled between the family and the Diocese of Camden for $625,000 in 2001. Hopkins was arrested in 2003 and laicized in 2004. In 2005, he pled guilty to two charges of sexual abuse from 1995 and was sentenced to 8 years in an Avenel, New Jersey, center for sex offenders.
In 2012, another victim emailed the Diocese of Pittsburgh. He stated that Father Hopkins had given him a “medical exam.” He told him to bend over while he was naked and then made lewd comments about his behind. The victim was a freshman at St. Fidelis Seminary High School.
Hopkins is still living and is residing in the Atlantic City, New Jersey, area. He is 75 years old. Hopkins is a sex offender registered with the New Jersey State Police.
His name appears on the February 2019 list of credibly accused priests published by the Diocese of Camden. According to Bishop Sullivan, the list, “includes those who admitted to the abuse, those who were found guilty after a trial in the church courts or the civil courts, and others against whom the evidence was so overwhelming as to be virtually unquestionable.”
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