Tag: James Downs

James Downs Pittsburgh Horowitz Law

Fr. James Downs – Diocese of Pittsburgh

Father James Downs

Diocese of Pittsburgh

Ordained: 1970

Retired: 2018

Assignments include:

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.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Pittsburgh may have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.