More Abuse Allegations Revealed against Local Priest

By Tom McKee
WCPO [Dayton OH]
Downloaded October 21, 2003

New sexual abuse claims against David Kelley were revealed Tuesday, this time coming from Dayton, Ohio.

The accusations come with a suggestion that the Archdiocese of Cincinnati moved priests there knowing they were sexual offenders.

Attorney Konrad Kircher filed suit Tuesday morning at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Dayton.

It names four new alleged victims of Kelley while he was a priest at Saint Christopher in the Dayton suburb of Vandalia.

That the number of young men who claim Kelley abused them to 30.

Until Tuesday, all alleged victims said they were abused at Saint Therese, the Little Flower Church, in Mount Airy.

"I think it's interesting that there are now three predator priests who I'm pursuing and all three of these priests were dumped on the Dayton area after the Cincinnati Archdiocese knew that they were molested. And, I've been a little surprised that the Dayton area has been so slow to anger considering that Dayton is the dumping ground for predator priests," said Konrad Kircher, attorney.

The others Kircher has sued include Lawrence Strittmatter and Thomas Brunner.

"It is untrue that the Archdiocese ever had a policy of sending abusive priests to any one school, any one parish, any one geographical area of the Archdiocese," said Dan Andriacco, Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

"Contrary to repeated allegations in lawsuits, the Archdiocese did not receive reports that David Kelley had abused children before he was assigned to Vandalia," Andriacco said.

Kircher claims the abuse took place at the Saint Christopher Rectory and at hotels in the Vandalia area.


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