Catholic Priest

James H. Cotter

Ordained: 1950

In 2007, the Buffalo News reported that the Diocese of Buffalo transferred Father Cotter to San Diego, where he then allegedly molested a young boy. A lawsuit was filed in California and accused the Diocese of Buffalo of knowing that Cotter was a pedophile but choosing to transfer him to San Diego in 1978 as part of an arranged “early retirement.” The Diocese of Buffalo has denied knowing of prior accusations against Cotter and stated that they first learned of an accusation against the priest in the mid-1990s.

Father Cotter's Assignments

St. Mary's ParishLittle Valley, NY1951
St. Aloysius GonzagaCheektowaga, NY1952..1955
Most Precious BloodAngola, NY1956..1958
St. Cecelia ParishOakfield, NY1959..1965
Our Lady of Lourdes ParishBemus Point, NY1965..1978
Notre Dame High School - TeacherBatavia, NYUnknown
Retired - Moved to Diocese of San DiegoSan Diego, CA1978
Boy Scouts, Backup ChaplainSan Diego, CA1980's
Nazareth Catholic Elementary School - CounselingSan Diego, CA1980's