Opening statements on the second phase of the Michael Kelly clergy abuse trial will be held at 10 a.m. today, and the first witness will testify this afternoon.
A jury ruled last Friday that Kelly is liable of sexually assaulting a former Stockton altar boy in the 1980s. The second phase will explore whether the Stockton Diocese is liable for its handling of complaints against Kelly regarding the former altar boy, now 37.
Kelly, pastor of St. Joachim’s Catholic Church in Lockeford since 2004, was removed from his position late Friday afternoon after the jury found Kelly liable.
The diocese has been sued as well as Kelly regarding the sexual assault allegations. The jury will also determine how much in damages the plaintiff will be awarded in the Kelly verdict during the trial’s second phase.
Court will be held at the San Joaquin County courthouse, 222 E. Weber Ave., Department 42, fourth floor. Stockton.
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