There's a new story in the Calaveras Enterprise about the continuing criminal investigation into defrocked Stockton priest Michael Kelly. Back in April, Kelly was found liable in a civil trial for raping a man when he was ten years old. The victim was represented by noted attorney John Manly, who has made a name for himself in winning cases against pedophile priests. But before the trial had ended, Kelly had fled to Ireland where he continues to hide out to this day.
Since the completion of the civil trial, a number of new victims have contacted both Manly and the Calaveras County, CA Sheriff's office. Here's the Calaveras Enterprise story:
"New Allegations Surface Against Defrocked Priest"
Former San Andreas priest Michael Kelly faces renewed sex abuse allegations this week after Stockton attorney John Manly confirmed he will press ahead with litigation on behalf of several new clients.
An untold number of accusers have come forward to police and attorneys across three counties after a civil trial against Kelly ended in a $3.75 million verdict last April.
This passage in the story is of particular concern:
Both Hewitt and Manly referred to lag time in the investigation of Kelly cases. Each also suggested that Friends of Father Kelly, an advocacy group that helped fund Kelly’s flight to Ireland, was freighting an already lengthy legal process.
“(Investigations) is way backed-up. (Investigator Wade Whitney) is dealing with an officer-involved shooting while still trying to track down alleged Kelly victims and witnesses,” Hewitt said. “Friends of Father Kelly is just piling-on, emailing him, sending him letters, just hindering his investigation.”
It is incomprehensible that in this day and age, with the Jerry Sandusky and Monsignor Lynn guilty verdicts in Pennsylvania that ANYONE would be trying to hinder a law enforcement investigation into a priest accused of multiple incidents of rape and other sexual assault of young boys.
And it is even more incomprehensible that this group is continuing to defend Kelly given the following information that came out at the civil trial, from the Lodi News, April 19, 2012:
During testimony Wednesday morning, Vicar General Monsignor Richard Ryan, the second-ranking Stockton Diocese official, testified that a Bay Area psychologist recommended in a report around 2000 that Kelly be reassigned to a job in the diocese in which he wasn't around children and their families due to potential pedophiliac tendencies.
Just like Jerry Sandusky, Kelly would start out by first tickling and wrestling with his victims before graduating on to sexual assault.
We understand that at an anonymous Kelly victim has contacted the northern California chapter of SNAP in recent weeks. We encourage him and ALL victims of Michael Kelly to come forward.
Please report ANY information relating to potential victims of Michael Kelly to:
-Attorney John Manly in Newport Beach, CA: 949-252-9990
-Sgt Chris Hewitt at Calaveras County Sheriff's Department
891 Mountain Ranch Road
San Andreas, CA 95249
Or contact 9-1-1 if there is a current threat.