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Posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 12:13 pm, Tue Nov 22, 2011.

Judge Bob McNatt said on Monday that he will decide in about two weeks which is more important — Father Michael Kelly's privacy or the public's right to know that he is an accused pedophile.

Kelly, a popular priest at St. Joachim's Catholic Church in Lockeford, is the subject of a civil lawsuit filed in 2008, in which a man now 37 years old claims that Kelly sexually abused him in the 1980s. Kelly was a priest at Church of the Annunciation in Stockton when the alleged abuse took place. The plaintiff's name has not been disclosed.

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10 comments:

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:10 am on Wed, Nov 23, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    To show how much money is in these cases please look at the following
    .
    1997
    Diocese of Dallas

    $31 million[61]


    June 2003
    Archdiocese of Louisville

    $25.7 million[62]
    240

    September 2003
    Archdiocese of Boston

    $85 million[63]
    552

    September 2004
    Diocese of Tucson

    $22.2 million

    Filed for bankruptcy
    December 2004
    Diocese of Spokane, Washington

    $48 million[64]

    Payment agreement was part of bankruptcy proceeding
    January 2005
    Diocese of Orange
    Ted Brown
    $100 million
    87

    October 2006
    Diocese of Davenport

    Filed for bankruptcy
    December 2006
    Diocese of Phoenix

    $100,000[65]
    1

    December 2006
    Archdiocese of Los Angeles
    Roger Mahony
    $60 million[66]
    45

    January 2007
    Diocese of Charleston

    $12 million


    July 2007
    Archdiocese of Los Angeles

    $660 million


    January 2007
    Diocese of Charleston

    $12 million[67]


    September 2007
    Diocese of San Diego
    Robert Brom
    $198.1 million[68]
    144

    March 2008
    Diocese of Fairbanks
    Donald Kettler

    130
    Filed for bankruptcy
    May 2008
    Diocese of Sacramento

    $100,000[69]
    1
    Jesuits paid settlement to William Green who alleged he was molested from age 7-11 by twin brother priests Fr. Arthur Falvey of Sacramento, and Fr. Mark Falvey.
    July 2008
    Archdiocese of Denver
    Charles Chaput
    $5.5 million[70]
    18
    Resolved through mediation
    October 2009
    Diocese of Wilmington
    W. Francis Malooly


    3.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:08 am on Wed, Nov 23, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    4.Father Kelly took a complete lie detector exam by a former FBI agent that be passed.
    5.There are millions of dollars that each accuser may get. Because there are economic incentives, each case should carefully be scrutinized.
    6.The accuser is represented by Patrick Wall who works with Manly & Stewart. They have represented more than 150 clergy abuse victims in California, including dozens of clients in the $100 million settlement against the Diocese of Orange, the $660 million settlement against the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and the $198 million settlement against the Diocese of San Diego. In Alaska, Manly & Stewart has represented approximately 300 Native Alaskan victims of l abuse in a $166 million settlement against the Jesuit Order, as well as victims in the Diocese of Fairbanks.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:06 am on Wed, Nov 23, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Continued
    1.Father Kelly was first accused in 2007.
    2. The accuser, a 33-year-old man at the time and in the U.S. military, claimed he was abused by Kelly in his parents' former home in Stockton between 1984 and 1986. He would have been 10 to 12 years old at the time.
    3. This accuser did not claim any memory of the abuse until 2006 when he was 32 years old ( according to the Stockton Record). This case sounds very similar to many other cases that were associated with repressed memory syndrome. Many of these cases were proven to be false, some were true.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:57 am on Wed, Nov 23, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Jackson Scott posted at 6:51 pm on Tue, Nov 22, 201...Darrell, you are obviously not familiar with this case. If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck... it is a duck.

    Then … Alex Kennedy posted at 8:39 pm on Tue, Nov 22, 201...he is obviously not familiar with what he is babbling about. 

    Interesting observation from two people who react to potential situations as if they were dogs in a Pavlov experiment. Unbelievable that
    these two bigots are ready two hang this man just because he happens to be a Catholic priest. Yes... there have been Catholic priests who have done the unthinkable... that does not mean all Catholic priests are guilty just because they are accused.
    There a millions of dollars hanging in the balance as it provides an economic incentive to people who want to become rich.
    So in fairness, each accusation should be taken seriously but the lynch mop mentality that Alex and Scott show is disgusting.
    So what do we know about this case that a reasonable person would consider if Pavlov were not involved?

     
  • Alex Kennedy posted at 8:39 pm on Tue, Nov 22, 2011.

    Alex Posts: 215

    Mr. Scott stated: "Darrell, you are obviously not familiar with this case."

    That's Darrell in a nutshell, he has a compulsive need to comment on this site (I'm sure he has set a posting record that he is super proud of) even though he is obviously not familiar with what he is babbling about. 


     
  • Alex Kennedy posted at 8:38 pm on Tue, Nov 22, 2011.

    Alex Posts: 215

    Surprise surprise, the church wants to keep an "alleged" child rapist's records from being public. Printing a story on church transparency would be an actual news headline, this story just states the obvious. 

    Why was this guy shuffled around so much? That's curious.

     
  • Jackson Scott posted at 6:51 pm on Tue, Nov 22, 2011.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 386

    Darrell, you are obviously not familiar with this case. If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck... it is a duck.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 4:19 pm on Tue, Nov 22, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    One might suspect that Melanie and Tim have an ax to grind and do not care if this priest is guilty of innocent

     
  • Melanie Sakoda posted at 1:07 pm on Tue, Nov 22, 2011.

    Melanie Sakoda Posts: 16

    We hope that anyone who suffered, saw or suspected crimes by Father Michael Kelly will contact the police. Kids are safest when predators are jailed. Predators are jailed when victims and witnesses find the courage and strength to call law enforcement, as these two brave men have done. We hope their courage will inspire others to do the same.

    Melanie Jula Sakoda
    Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP)
    SNAP East Bay Director
    Toll Free Phone: 1-877-SNAPHEALS (1-877-762-7432)
    melanie.sakoda@gmail.com
    925-708-6175

     
  • Tim Lennon posted at 12:05 pm on Tue, Nov 22, 2011.

    timl Posts: 4

    The interest of the Stockton Diocese to hid records and files is counter to the interest of protecting children. Rev. Kelly has been accussed by two persons who say they were abused by Kelly when they were young boys. The Stockton diocesan officials are quick to dismiss accusations and quick to hid the facts. Both of these actions are counter to protecting children. The Stockton bishop defies guidelines of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops Dallas Charter which calls for full transparency.
    Remove Rev. Kelly from ministry until the legal process finishes -- protect the children.
    Lastly, I must address the issue of Kelly being a "popular" priest. Predator child sex offenders typically are friendly, popular, charismatic men who use these social skills to gain access to children. Being "popular" and "nice" can be the sheep's clothing to prey on children.

     
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