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Michael Kelly heading to trial in Stockton sex abuse suit

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Posted: Thursday, April 21, 2011 6:17 am | Updated: 7:21 am, Thu Apr 21, 2011.

A judge has ordered the Stockton Diocese to proceed to trial in a lawsuit alleging that a popular Lockeford priest committed sexual abuse in the 1980s.

The lawsuit, filed by a 36-year-old man, says diocese officials should have known that Father Michael Kelly of St. Joachim’s Catholic Church posed a threat. Kelly also is named in the lawsuit, which was filed in 2008 and reported in the News-Sentinel at that time.

Kelly was a priest at Cathedral of the Annunciation in Stockton at the time of the alleged abuse when the plaintiff was a child in the 1980s.

Statutes of limitations prevent cases from being filed long after the alleged abuse, but the plaintiff claims the memories were repressed until 2006. The diocese conducted its own investigation and cleared Kelly in 2008.

Both sides are due to meet for a mandatory settlement conference in June.

News-Sentinel staff writer Ross Farrow contributed to this report.

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9 comments:

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 3:00 pm on Wed, Apr 27, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    the police helped "Lee"... he was given a lie detector test and passed... that should equally be reassuring... may I ask Lee... are you reassured by people who repress memories for 22 years... suddenly remember them... vividly... so much so that you can take someone to court....sounds more like a result of education... where you are educated about how people get out- of- court settlements to settle accusations... very lucrative
    To me Repressed Memory Syndrome is not reassuring at all...

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 10:03 am on Wed, Apr 27, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    "The diocese conducted its own investigation and cleared Kelly in 2008."

    Well, that's reassuring.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 7:53 pm on Sat, Apr 23, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    The Catholic church is a cult, period...
    Mr Jacobs... I am not Catholic or religious.... but my experience with the Catholic church and its members is opposite yours... I observed nothing but kindness and compassion from both the church and its members... may I ask... can you articulate specifically what kind of cult like things you observed... you sound like you have direct knowledge.

     
  • Robert Jacobs posted at 1:36 pm on Sat, Apr 23, 2011.

    Robert Jacobs Posts: 298

    The Catholic church is a cult, period! The Catholic priests , cardinals, pope etc... have been running rough shod over their congregation for centuries, when the word of God is what you are to follow not the other way around.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:42 am on Sat, Apr 23, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    The Modesto Bee reported that The Rev. Michael Kelly, pastor of St. Joachim Catholic Church in Lockeford, was accused of abusing a 10-year-old boy in the mid- 1980s...From what I can tell ,this man cooperated with the police and the examination, sometimes referred to as a lie-detector test, showed Kelly was being truthful, according to Ellis (his attorney), when the priest denied he had abused the boy or any other child during his 35-year career as a priest. Kelly, a native of Ireland, began his priesthood in 1973 at Our Lady of Fatima.

    So if I have this right, a 10 year old boy, had no memory of any abuse until he was 33, then memories which were repressed came to light...the man accused takes a lie detector exam, passes)and denies ever abusing anyone... Now a judge wants this to come to trial.... question... what is going on? I thought repressed memory syndrome was very suspect. Sounds more like a case of extortion than child abuse in my opinion.... does anyone know who the judge is? If someone knows something about this and can shed light, it would be interesting to see additional posts.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 4:29 pm on Thu, Apr 21, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    I do not know this man one way or another... but I do know that SNAP is a national organization whose president is driven by this issue, as she claims to have been a victim herself, and is determined wholeheartedly to pursue those they feel are guilty... I think it is good to do as they advised... which is contact independent objective officials... as this group, is not objective in my opinion as they have already convicted this man in the press, in my opinion. If this man is innocent, he will need and support all the help he can get considering what he is up against... if he is found guilty, I'm sure justice will be served.

     
  • Leah Mettler posted at 8:20 am on Thu, Apr 21, 2011.

    Leah Mettler Posts: 2

    Lisa Caya, I agree 100% with you, this is a LOAD of garbage. I know Father Kelly very well and consider him a good friend. This is not a "brave victim" that came forward, this was a mid 30's man without means to support himself and saw sueing the church as a lottery ticket. Very pathetic. Judy Jones, you should be ashamed of yourself for promoting this, Father Kelly has never harmed anyone.

     
  • Lisa Caya posted at 8:01 am on Thu, Apr 21, 2011.

    Lisa Caya Posts: 3

    As far as I'm concerned, this is a load of garbage. I know father Kelly well and my child has served mass with him for years and will continue to serve as he is a wonderful and upstanding man!! Repressed until 2006...you have to love our justice system and how easily people are allowed to go after someone with deep pockets!!

     
  • Judy Jones posted at 7:12 am on Thu, Apr 21, 2011.

    Judy Jones Posts: 11

    We urge anyone who has knowledge or been harmed by Father Michael Kelly to contact police, not church officials. Sex crimes, however old should be investigated by independent officials, not church officials.

    This brave victim is to be commended for speaking up and taking action to expose the truth, and therefore protecting others.

    Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511
    snapjudy@gmail.com
    "Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests" and all Clergy
    http://www.snapnetwork.org/

     

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