Currently pastor at church in Pocomoke, priest served in Ocean City from ‘91-’03
(Aug. 2, 2019) More than four decades after being ordained, the Rev. William J. Porter, 71, has been removed from the ministry by the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington after accusations were made of sexual misconduct involving a teenager nearly 40 years ago in New Castle, Delaware.
The diocese announced last Thursday that Porter has been suspended from exercising priestly duties.
Since 2003, Porter has served as pastor at Holy Name of Jesus in Pocomoke City. Additionally, Porter was pastor at St. Luke / St. Andrew Catholic Church in Ocean City from 1991 until being transferred to Pocomoke.
Diocese officials said an allegation of sexual misconduct involving a minor 38 years ago at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in New Castle was reported by the involved party this March.
In response, the statement said diocese officials notified the Delaware State Police and the Delaware Attorney General’s Office, which immediately launched an investigation.
The criminal case was concluded on July 19 when Delaware State Police closed the matter because the statute of limitations for the alleged conduct had expired.
The statement said the diocese is continuing to cooperate with all civil authorities in their investigation.
Wilmington police are continuing to examine further allegations involving inappropriate sexual contact made against Porter and asked anyone sexually assaulted by a clergy member, or other persons, to notify local law enforcement authorities.
Porter was ordained in 1975 and served as associate pastor at St. Elizabeth Parish in Wilmington from 1975-1977, while also being appointed assistant principal at St. Elizabeth High School from 1977-1978.
After this Porter was associate pastor at St. Catherine of Siena in Wilmington from 1978-1979.
Porter served on the faculty at St. Mark’s High School in Wilmington from 1979-1982 and was also a faculty member at St. Elizabeth High School from 1982-1991.