Father James Downs
Diocese of Pittsburgh
Chaplain to Youth Development Center in New Castle (16 years)
Pastor at Christ the King Parish in Bessemer/Hillsville
Pastor at Saint James the Apostle Parish in Pulaski
Pastor of St. Anthony in Bessemer
Administrator of St. Lawrence in Hillsville
Assistant Pastor at St. Joseph the Worker in New Castle
Suspended: December 2018
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father James Downs:
In late December 2018, Father James Downs was suspended from public ministry due to an allegation that he sexually abuse a minor child as a priest. According to the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Downs is accused of sexual contact with a child in the early 1990s. The allegation dates to a time when Father Downs served as the chaplain to the former Youth Development Center in New Castle. No additional details about the allegation were provided by the Diocese.
Downs, who retired voluntarily in July, had most recently served as pastor of Christ the King Parish in Bessemer and Hillsville and Saint James the Apostle Parish in Pulaski.
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