Media Release – January 2, 2018
Road to Recovery
January 2, 2018
The Archdiocese of Boston has reached a five-figure financial settlement with William Brown, a childhood sexual abuse victim of Fr. Arnold Kelley who lives in Lawrence, MA, was assigned to St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Jamaica Plain, MA from 1966-1976, and lived for a number of years in Lowell, MA at the rectory of St. Rita Roman Catholic Church, and Haverhill, MA at the rectory of All Saints Roman Catholic Church
William Brown alleged that he was sexually abused as a child from approximately 1973-1976 when he was approximately ten to thirteen years of age and a parishioner, band member, and religious education student (CCD) at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Jamaica Plain, MA
A media conference announcing a five-figure financial settlement between the Archdiocese of Boston and childhood sexual abuse victim, William Brown, who filed a lawsuit against Fr. Arnold Kelley in 2016 alleging that he was a child of approximately ten to thirteen years of age when Fr. Arnold E. Kelley sexually abused him at St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church, Jamaica Plain, MA. William Brown is represented by Boston Attorney Mitchell Garabedian.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 11:30 am
On the public sidewalk outside St. Rita Church, 158 Mammoth Road, Lowell, MA 01854
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., President of Road to Recovery, Inc. a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families, and advocate for childhood sexual abuse victim, William Brown
As early as 1997, the Archdiocese of Boston was made aware of an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor child by Fr. Arnold E. Kelley at St. Rita’s Parish in Lowell, MA. It is believed that Fr. Arnold E. Kelley arrived at St. Rita’s Parish in approximately 1980. In 2016, another man, William Brown, came forward and filed a civil complaint in Essex County Superior Court alleging that Fr. Arnold E. Kelley sexually abused him from 1973-1976 when he was approximately 10-13 years of age and a parishioner, band member, and religious education student at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Jamaica Plain, MA. Recently, William Brown and the Archdiocese of Boston reached a five-figure financial settlement of the civil complaint against Fr. Arnold E. Kelley.
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc., 862-368-2800 – email@example.com
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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