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Former Lockeford priest Michael Kelly could face 14 years in prison

Calaveras County seeks his return to U.S.; priest denies sex charges involving a child

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Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 12:00 am

The Rev. Michael Kelly, a former Lockeford priest, faces up to 14 years in prison if he’s convicted of the charges included in a Calaveras County criminal grand jury indictment presented Monday to Superior Court Judge John E. Martin. The indictment includes three counts of lewd and lascivious conduct on a child and one count of oral copulation with a child.

These are the first criminal charges against Kelly, a longtime Stockton Diocese priest who returned to his native Ireland in April 2012 after he was found liable in a civil lawsuit of sexually abusing Travis Trotter. The diocese settled that lawsuit with the largest single award in diocesan history — $3.75 million.

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  • Steve Golay posted at 12:27 pm on Wed, Jan 15, 2014.

    Cadavera Vero Innumera Posts: 43

    That is, the "infamous" Manley, Esq., of Newport Beach.

    For the issue of "recovered memory" see the edited volume by Noblitt &Noblitt, "Ritual Abuse in the Twenty-First Century: Psychological, Forensic, Social, and Political Considerations".

  • Steve Golay posted at 12:19 pm on Wed, Jan 15, 2014.

    Cadavera Vero Innumera Posts: 43


    Ditto. The law, in justice, levels all. Special aggravation / aggrieved dircumstances applied where the defendant held position of responsibility.

    My point, cases such of these are difficult to bring to the threshold of criminal prosecution. The testimony of the young man must be such that defense counsel will find it difficult, in the mind of a jury, for instance, to discredit.

    The "infamous" has maintained that the Calaveras cases are not "contaminated" with the issue of so-called "recovered memory". Regarding that, more later.



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