Saint James Episcopal Church has stood in Skaneateles for nearly 150 years.
Roughly22-years ago Father J. Edward Putnam, began committing a seriesof atrocities that he has now confessed to. Father Robert de Wetter ofSt. James in Skaneateles says things began to come to light in May.
"The bishop of our diocese received a phone call from a victim and within one hour the investigation was launched."
Thecaller accused Putnam of sexually abusing him. An investigationrevealed three more boys that Putnam admitted to sexually abusingbetween the years of 1986 and 1993. Several of the incidents happenedin Saint James Church. The boys were pre-teen adolescents and deWetter says the punishment for Putnam, now 66 with a wife and 3 grownchildren, was swift.
"He has been suspended from theministry, he can function no where in the Episcopal Church, no where ina clergy capacity anywhere."
We tried to contact Putnamtoday, but those who know him say his house in Skaneateles is for saleand he's already living elsewhere.
The Syracuse EpiscopalDioceses handed the investigation to state police, but Bishop Adamssays the statute of limitations prevents investigators from doing muchelse.
Adams says in New York, depending on circumstance,victims of sexual abuse have 3 to 5 years after they turn 18 to reportit. Father de Wetter and many from Saint James Parish say that is notenough time to come to terms with an unspeakable violation.