Press Release: First civil suit to be filed against the Diocese of Crookston under new Child Victims Act

Father James Porter is accused of sexually abusing over 100 kids nationwide

What:  At a news conference on Monday in front of the Polk County courthouse in Crookston, followed by a press conference outside St. Philip’s School in Bemidji, clergy abuse attorneys Steve Anderson of Roseau and Jeff Anderson of St. Paul will:

• Announce the filing of a sexual abuse lawsuit on behalf of a Bemidji woman now in her 50s, naming the Diocese of Crookston, the Diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts and the Servants of the Paraclete, as defendants.
• Release internal church documents on credibly accused perpetrator Father James R. Porter who is suspected of abusing over 100 children in multiple states including Minnesota, Massachusetts, Texas, and New Mexico.
• Request the release of credibly accused and admitted child molesters from both the Diocese of Crookston and the Diocese of Fall River, along with the list of names of priests who have admitted child sexual abuse to the Servants of the Paraclete.

WHEN: Monday June 24 at 11:00 AM (CDT) in Crookston and 1:00 P.M. in Bemidji

WHERE: Outside the Polk County Courthouse (11:00 A.M.)
612 N. Broadway
Crookston, MN 56716

Outside St. Philips School (1:00 P.M.)
702 Beltrami Ave. NW Bemidji, MN 56601


Attorney Jeff Anderson, a St. Paul, Minnesota-based, internationally known trial lawyer widely recognized as a pioneer in sexual abuse litigation. Anderson has represented thousands of survivors of sexual abuse by authority figures and clergy.

Attorney Steve Anderson a Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist and has been committed to helping clients in personal injury cases for over 25 years. Steve has prior experience in sexual abuse cases and has teamed up with Jeff Anderson to help survivors of sexual abuse in Minnesota.

Notes: Copies of the documents and complaint will be available at

Contacts: Jeff Anderson: Cell: 612.817.8665 Office: 651.227.9990
Steve Anderson: Office: (218) 386-1040