Boston, Mass., Dec 22, 2021 / 16:30 pm
Father James Jackson pleaded not guilty Dec. 21 to federal charges of distributing child pornography and possessing and accessing with intent to view child pornography.
The Catholic priest, a member of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP), entered the plea remotely via video conference, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Patricia A. Sullivan, sitting in Providence, Rhode Island.
Jackson’s lawyer, John Calcagni III, declined comment after the proceeding.
Jackson, formerly pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Providence, was arrested on Oct. 30 by the Rhode Island State Police after an investigation by a Rhode Island computer crimes task force.