A retired Episcopal priest has admitted sexually abusing four adolescent boys while serving as rector of St. James Episcopal Church in Skaneateles, New York, from January 1986 to May 1993, reported the Episcopal News Service. James E. Putnam, 66, was suspended for 20 years from acting as a priest after an investigation by the Diocese of Central New York. Bishop Gladstone “Skip” Adams apologized to the victims, their families and the St. James congregation at a meeting at the church August 13. The diocese also informed state police and other dioceses where Putnam had served in the past. “Through his actions he has abused and betrayed” the trust of youth in his care and the authority given to him as a pastor, said Adams, who became bishop in 2001. Putnam, who left St. James to be dean of the Cathedral of All Saints in Albany, New York, served as chaplain to the New York state Assembly from 1994 to 1996.