March 04, 2005

Priest Who Admitted To Molestation To Spend Time In Treatment Center

NBC 10

POSTED: 3:41 pm EST March 4, 2005
UPDATED: 3:57 pm EST March 4, 2005

PENNSAUKEN, N.J. -- It was judgment day for a former Catholic priest who admitted to molesting a 10-year-old boy nearly a decade ago.

Under a plea deal, James Hopkins was sentenced Friday to eight years in a special treatment center for sex offenders.

Hopkins, 61, will serve his time at the adult diagnostic treatment center in Avenel, N.J.

"I don't know if any amount of time can take away from the amount of pain already caused," said Catherine Norton, James Norton's mother.

Hopkins admitted to fondling the victim -- now 20 years old -- at the boy's home in Pennsauken in the summer of 1995. Jonathan Norton was an altar boy at St. Peter's Church in Merchantville at the time.

Posted by kshaw at March 4, 2005 06:30 PM