Thursday, November 8, 2012
THIRD Altar Boy files suit against Father Michael Kelly: Police Continue to Investigate Kelly
Yesterday, Father Michael Kelly, the priest who was found liable in a civil trial for raping a 12- year- old boy at Annunciation School in Stockton, California in the 1980s, and then fled to his native Ireland before that trial was over - was hit with yet another molestation lawsuit.
This is the third lawsuit filed against Kelly and the Stockton Diocese by former altar boys who served with Kelly. Back in September, a 24-year-old man filed a suit stating that Kelly had molested him when he was a 12-year-old altar boy at St. Andrew's in San Andreas, CA in the early 2000's.
The two recent lawsuits were filed by attorneys John Manly and Vince Finaldi, who also represented the first victim, Travis Trotter, in the civil trial against Kelly in April.
There are a number of news stories today about the latest lawsuit filed this week.
Link to Stockton Record story: Third Child Sex Suit Aimed at Stockton Diocese
According to the paper, the latest Kelly victim, 22, states that Kelly molested him at Mokelumne Hill Church, a small mission church affiliated with St. Andrew's Church in San Andreas, California.
Kelly was sent to Mokelumne Hill Church AFTER a psychologist warned the Stockton Diocese in 1999 that Kelly had pedophiliac tendencies and should never work with nor be left alone with children.
Despite those warnings, the Stockton Diocese assigned Kelly to be the lone priest at Mokelumne Hill Church, where he had plenty of opportunity to be alone with the altar boys in the small rear chamber of the church.
Sadly, the lawsuit states that this latest victim tried to commit suicide in 2011 as a result of the abuse.
What's encouraging is that the Calaveras County Sheriff's office is continuing with their criminal investigation into Kelly. The District Attorney's office there spoke to the Stockton Record: "Calaveras prosecutor Dana Pfeil said her office is awaiting the Sheriff's office to conduct interviews with multiple other victims to complete the criminal report. "
If you are a victim of Kelly or have any knowledge of any victims, please contact Sgt. Chris Hewitt at the Calaveras County Sheriff's office: 209-754-6500.
Or contact civil attorneys John Manly and Vince Finaldi in Irvine, CA: 949-252-9990.
Link to Modesto Bee story, Former Altar Boy Makes Sex Abuse Claims Against Stockton Priesthttp://www.modbee.com/2012/11/07/2447137/former-altar-boy-makes-sex-abuse.html
Lodi News: Former Lockeford Priest Michael Kelly is Facing More Abuse Allegations"http://www.lodinews.com/news/article_b1becc75-7092-51e9-b052-89cc134706b7.html
Sonora Union Democrat: Another Alleged Victim Sues Church"http://www.uniondemocrat.com/News/Local-News/Another-alleged-victim-sues-church
©Salem-McMartin By Victoria Balfour at 11/08/2012 06:36:00 AM