BishopAccountability.org
 
  Man Files Fourth Abuse Suit Naming Deceased Santa Barbara Priest

Associated Press State & Local Wire
March 20, 2004

A local man who says a popular priest's death triggered memories of childhood molestation is suing the Roman Catholic Church for damages.

The complaint, filed Wednesday in Santa Barbara Superior Court, is the fourth such suit filed in Santa Barbara naming the late Rev. Matthew Kelly.

The lawsuit alleges the priest sexually abused the plaintiff while he was a student and parishioner at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church between 1967 and 1973.

The targets of the lawsuit are Catholic church officials, who "should have known" of Kelly's "pedophilic ... dangerous and exploitive propensities" and failed to protect the boy, according to the complaint.

The plaintiff, whose name is not listed in the complaint, was 12 when the alleged molestation began. He says the priest molested him at a cabin in the Santa Ynez Mountains and paid him $100 per encounter.

The man first remembered the alleged incidents after Kelly died in 2002 and sought treatment soon after, said his attorneys, Tim Hale and R. Thomas Griffith of Santa Barbara.

According to the suit, as a result of the abuse, the plaintiff continues to suffer spiritually and psychologically and "was prevented from performing daily activities and continues to sustain a loss of earnings and earning capacity."

All four suits naming Kelly allege the priest lured young boys with his knowledge of rock music and trips to the mountains, where most of the alleged molestations occurred.

"This is a man that the church received actual notice about as early as 1958," Hale said. "If they took the action they should have, these boys never would have been molested and their lives never would have been ruined."

According to the suit filed Wednesday, the priest had pictures in his cabin of barely clothed boys and asked the victim to pose for similar pictures.

"This is just the tip of the iceberg," said Hale, who predicts that Kelly had at least 50 child molestation victims in Santa Barbara alone.

Nearly half a dozen witnesses have reported seeing child pornography in Kelly's possession and in his mail.

Although the alleged abused took place decades ago, the lawsuit can proceed because the victim just became aware of his abuse. Child molestation victims can file lawsuits until they are 26, or within three years of realizing they were an abuse victim. The latter applies in this case, lawyers said.

 
 

Any original material on these pages is copyright © BishopAccountability.org 2004. Reproduce freely with attribution.
     
guide of business management sytem guide of job opinions guide of capital goods guide of make fast money guide of Debt restructuring guide of home business guide of income money guide of hospital products guide of international market guide of repair roof before winter guide of website income guide of secure your business guide of face makeup tools guide of jewellery arts guide of tv shows guide of best places on earth guide of job plans guide of cheap cars guide of creating products guide of women tools guide of eat less guide of car insurance process guide of sport stuff guide of garden home guide of cheap insurances guide of electronic tech guide of healthy feeding guide of what is next in fashion guide of improve company guide of tactical insurance guide of make money at home guide of development in business guide of dept loan guide of cooking secrets guide of correct companies guide of jobs with more income guide of reviews o general products guide of improving technology guide of ideal job guide of business sectors guide of dept problem guide of unlimited business guide of suitable insurance company guide of money cars guide of how to market guide of heatlhy diet tips guide of decoration tipse guide of security problems