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.
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