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  • Fr. James Porter
  • Revere, Massachusetts, 1935 Devout Catholic family
  • First victim at 18 12-year-old boy at church summer camp Joined seminary one year later
  • Between 1956 and 1960, working summers at church-run Cathedral Camp in East Freetown, MA, Porter molested more victims. ex: 1958, fondled genitals of a 6th grader that he was driving home.
  • 1960, assigned to St Mary’s Church and its grammar school He taught boys to pitch curve balls, treated altar boys to rides at a nearby amusement park, organized sports programs and a choir. He would take groups to the beach, to the city for pro basketball games, and to Cathedral Camp.
  • Parents, families, and church officials admired Porter and recognized his love of children and youthful enthusiasm for ministry.
  • Porter lured a fifth-grader, Paul Merry, into his quarters with an offer of cake and soda. Complaining of sore muscles from moving into the rectory, Porter asked for a massage. He dropped his pants and placed Paul’s hands on his genitals while Porter fondled the boy’s genitals. This ritual continued once a week for three years.
  • His first female victim at St Mary’s was another fifth grader, Patty Poirer. He’d asked for help making the basketball roster - then fondled the 10- year-old girl in his office. This groping continued in the school halls and niches of the church for years
  • Most children were fondled at first, repeatedly, but Porter soon grew bolder, graduating to forcible rape and sodomy.
  • “When I would scream, he would put his hand over my mouth so no one could hear me.” - Daniel Lyons
  • An 11-year-old girl caught Porter raping a six-year-old in the bathroom at St Mary’s and tried to intervene. “I tried to stop him - he grabbed me and sodomized me. He was absolutely violent. He told me he was stronger than he and that he had the power of God.”
  • A student, Cheryl Porter, once saw the priest standing with his pants unzipped before two altar boys and ran to tell the rector. Rather than going to investigate, Annunziato shouted, “Why are you stirring up trouble?” and slammed his door in her face. Speaking next to a nun at the school, Cheryl was forced to stand up in class, confess her “lie” and apologize for blackening Porter’s good name.
  • Fr James Porter molested at least 222 children across 5 states and 30 years.
  • Psychology of Pedophilia The causes of pedophilia (and other paraphilias) are not known. There is some evidence that pedophilia may run in families, though it is unclear whether this stems from genetics or learned behavior. Behavioral learning models suggest that a child who is the victim or observer of inappropriate sexual behaviors learns to imitate and is later reinforced for the behavior. These individuals are deprived of normal social sexual contacts and thus seek gratification through less socially acceptable means.