Father John Harris
Diocese of Portland
Removed from ministry: 2003
Assigned as follows:
- Sacred Heart (Portland, ME)
- Sts. Athanasius and John (Rumford, ME)
- St. Anthony (Jackman, ME)
- Our Lady of the Rosary (Sabattus, ME)
- Our Lady of the Lakes (Oquossoc, ME)
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. John Harris:
Fr. John Harris was ordained a priest in 1984, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Portland. According to media reports, in 1999, he was removed from his ministry at Our Lady of the Rosary and sent him to a treatment program after the Diocese discovered Fr. Harris had created and managed a website for gay clergy. The site included sexually explicit language and nudity. Following treatment, he was assigned to Our Lady of the Lakes in Rangely.
Fr. Harris was permanently removed from ministry in 2003, when a person contacted the Diocese of Portland and reported that Fr. Harris had engaged in nude boating and hot tubbing at a private summer camp in Waterford, ME during the early 1980’s. The Diocese of Portland forwarded the report of Fr. Harris’s behavior to Maine Attorney General’s Office.
In 2015, the Vatican permanently removed Harris from the priesthood based on a substantiated claim of child sexual abuse in the early 1980’s against Fr. Harris. According to the Diocese of Portland, the allegation was received in 2013. Information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims and the nature of the alleged sexual abuse was not provided by the Diocese of Portland.
The current whereabouts of Fr. John Harris are unknown.
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