Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Stockton Diocese Fr. Michael Kelly Criminally Indicted

Stupid Lockeford Supporters Worshiping Fr. Kelly (or something...)
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According to Lodinews.com (pdf) Fr. Michael Kelly of the Stockton Diocese has been criminally indicted by an impartial Grand Jury of his peers, and authorities are now seeking to extradite the "Priest" who has already been found liable in civil court of the molestation of young boys. If you recall when we reported on this awhile ago, Kelly fled to Ireland just after he had been found liable for the molestation of a young boy, but before the trial was completed -- before the award phase ($3.75M awarded) Additional lawsuits followed. The asshat Catholic Church has not defrocked the pervert, but they don't want him to do communion or wear his collar, and you know... molestation is totally frowned upon by the Church unless it can be totally covered up (or something....)

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According to Lodinews.com (pdf), the Stockton Diocese has also today announced that they will be declaring bankruptcy. This would be GREAT news if the Diocese were selling off all properties and shutting down all of the churches and schools and other "good works" they have underway in order to make payments to the victims.

Unfortunately, the real reason is of course so that they can protect the assets that are not already protected and avoid paying the victims their full court awards, as well as to stay discovery in additional civil cases underway by Attorney John Manly, who was the attorney in the recent $3.75M award case.

Of course Bishop Stephen E. Blaire positions the news as if he truly wants to "fulfill the responsibilities it has to victims of sexual abuse, particularly those who have not yet had their day in court" but anyone reading the article with an ounce of intelligence will begin to understand the real reasons, as Blaire goes on to tally all of the church assets that are immune from the lawsuits, as they have been protected by incorporating separately, assuring compartmentalization of damage. But Blaire flat out states that "we believe that filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection is the only way the Diocese of Stockton can continue [...]"

According to Lodinews.com Blaire states that "We can never forget that these evil acts [he doesn't even have the balls to blame their employees; the evil "Priests"], not the victims of the abuse, are responsible for the financial difficulties we now face" but then he glosses over the fact that justified court awards will probably be drastically reduced in the "fair" Chapter 11 process, saying that "Victims of sexual abuse will be represented in this process intended to result in fair compensation of all of these individuals. If we did not file, any remaining funds available to victims would likely be consumed in the next case, leaving nothing for those claims that have not yet been resolved."

While it would be lousy to be the 5th or 10th victim down the line, and sue, but get nothing because there was no Diocese left, I feel that that's exactly how it should go -- This Diocese has exhibited nothing but gross negligence over the past decades (to the tune of more than $35 million in sexual abuse damage claims) and they should be forced to sell off buildings, furnishings, properties, pensions, insurance polices, controlling party assets, and all other assets until they completely cease to exist. This kind of negligence does not deserve the mercy of the bankruptcy court, and I, for one, hope that they are denied bankruptcy.

More insidiously, however is that the actions by Bishop Blaire, et al, are designed to block discovery in other civil actions, as Chapter 11 automatically stays all discovery in civil cases. Attorney John Manly is more blatent in his criticism of Blair, saying that "There are really two perpetrators in every case involving Fr. Michael Kelly. There is Fr. Kelly and the Bishops of Stockton, including Roger Mahony and Bishop Stephen Blaire, who protected him.

Here's John Manly's entire statement as published on PR Newswire:

STOCKTON, Calif., Jan. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

Yesterday, a Grand Jury convened by the Calaveras County District Attorney's Office indicted Diocese of Stockton Priest Fr. Michael Kelly, on numerous criminal counts related to brutal childhood sexual abuse in the year 2000 while serving as the Pastor of St. Andreas Parish in the Diocese of Stockton.

Fr. Kelly absconded to Ireland in 2012, in the middle of a child molestation trial being prosecuted by this firm on behalf of another Kelly victim, only days after he was unanimously found by a jury to have raped and molested our client, a highly decorated Air Force Officer, when he was in 4th grade at Annunciation School in Stockton.  Kelly is known to be in Ireland, but guards his location and has repeatedly taken steps to avoid service of process.

Our firm, and our clients, are gratified by this indictment, and are very grateful to the Grand Jury and law enforcement officials in Calaveras County who worked tirelessly for justice on behalf of the victim in the indictment and the numerous other victims of Fr. Kelly.

Today, we call on Bishop Blaire, the Diocese of Stockton, and Monsignor Richard Ryan, the Vicar General of the Diocese of Stockton, a seminary classmate and lifelong friend of Michael Kelly, to disclose Kelly's whereabouts to the Calaveras County Sheriff's Office.  Moreover, we call on the Holy See and the Irish Bishops to effectively issue a clerical "all point's bulletin" to all Dioceses and Parishes in Ireland requiring the clergy there disclose Kelly's whereabouts to US law enforcement officials immediately.  We believe Kelly is being protected by clergy in Ireland and his whereabouts are known to them.

There are really two perpetrators in every case involving Fr. Michael Kelly.  There is Fr. Kelly and the Bishops of Stockton, including Roger Mahony and Bishop Stephen Blaire, who protected him.  Indeed, Bishop Blaire and Monsignor Ryan's depositions are scheduled for next week.  We learned on the day Fr. Kelly was indicted that they now plan to file bankruptcy only days before their depositions are scheduled.  The bankruptcy filing automatically stays discovery in a civil case.  It is clear that the Diocese is filing bankruptcy not because it does not have the money to pay a judgment or settlement in the three cases pending against it, but rather, to prevent the truth about the complicity of Bishop Blaire and Monsignor Ryan and other Diocese's members in Kelly's crimes.  It is a misuse of the process and cowardly.

SOURCE Manly, Stewart & Finaldi


  1. Two years ago, after the victim won the civil suit, the comment forums at the papers were crawling with Kelly supporters who attacked the victim.

    This time around, not a peep from them.

  2. Seems to me that victims should contact the Calaveras County Sheriff's office and attorney john Manly.

  3. Doesn't Kelly has a gap of "good behavior" when he was the priest at St. Patrick's in Sonora between 1986-1987. The public record - according to Bishops Accountability - shows no (known) complaints or charges, and the Sheriff's Dept of Tuoloumne County have consistently reported that no one has approached them about abuse. Is it likely, knowing the man's public record, that NOTHING occurred in Sonora. So where are the stories? Where is the intrepid reporters on the trail of a good one? The "gap" must be explained one way or another. It glares as an inconsistency. A decade, ten years, and nothing!!! If the gap isn't filled with qa few stories it will be used for his defense,.

    1. The defense will use flakes like Elizabeth Loftus' quack False Memory Syndrome Foundation, talk about Salem, and mention McMartin Preschool, along with a myriad of other Blame the Victim types of techniques to distract jurors.

      None of that makes any difference in disproving or discrediting the case that would be on trial. They are not trying the molester for ALL incidents of abuse, they are only trying him for whatever charges they are trying him for.

      Every person who knows anything about child sexual abuse knows that the apparent lack of reports (or even actual lack of reports) is unfortunately not indicative of whether or not abuse actually took place.

      It's more than a bit of a stretch to conclude that it's "likely, knowing the man's public record" that "NOTHING" occurred in Sonora. In fact, to draw that conclusion flies in the face of the well known fact that male victims of child abuse rarely EVER report abuse, and when they do, on the average, it's many decades after the abuse took place.

    2. To Anonymous, January 29, 2014 at 12:22 pm:

      You have no knowledge of who or who hasn't come forward to the police recently since Kelly was arrested. You also have no knowledge of what Kelly may have done to boys in Sonora - boys who may to be too afraid to come over.

      Are you fishing for information, perhaps?

      Additionally, a one year gap- as you so oddly refer to it- is nothing. If it were a gap of ten or fifteen years, that might be something. But it's not.

      The evidence is piling up and continues to do so. God help boys who are currently coming into contact with Kelly now in Ireland !

      Your cavalier tone is very strange to say the least.

      Is that you, Michael Kelly?

    3. The nonsensical comment made yesterday about the "gap" in Kelly' s heinous acts was probably made by one of those certifiable Friends of Father Kelly loons. Interesting how they ignore the fact that shrinks hired by the Church found him to have pedophile tendencies and sent him away twice for treatment ( while lying to the parishioners by telling them he was being sent away for ulcers.)

      To the loons: it's not the "gap" that must be explained, but Kelly's pedophilia.

  4. I concur with Anonymous at 3:07 pm.

    Original poster has his or her facts wrong. Word on the block is that a woman with two kids told her mother, a parishioner in Sonora, that Kelly was NEVER allowed to be alone with her children again, after seeing what she described as "creepy" behavior by him.

    Nice try, whoever you are. Where's Kelly these days, by the way? Shouldn't he do the Godly thing and turn himself in to police?

    He has time to respond to reporter's emails after he is criminally charged but can't come forward to the police? Morally bankrupt of him, as well as un-Christian. Not to mention narcissistic.

  5. This case bears strong similarity to the O.J. Simpson case. What is your opinion regarding O.J's disposition?

  6. Having take a polygraph and you will hear of the "unknown" abuses this pervert has committed. Yeah, I know; it is not admissible in court.

    1. Not really clear on your point here. Kelly allegedly took a polygraph prior to the trial, and he allegedly "passed." No idea what the questions were, or even if they were relevant.

      Not only is polygraph not admissible in court, but they really shouldn't be relied upon for anything, as they are too easy to fake using simple breathing and muscle techniques, as well as using certain medications.

      If you're saying that we won't believe the abuses the pervert has committed, we'd probably believe you... even without a polygraph.