Fr. Arnold E. Kelley

Ordained: 1956
Status: Reinstated

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Initial allegation of past abuse at St. Rita’s in Lowell made in 11/97. Diocesan Review Board found no credible evidence and Kelley agreed to move. In 4/02, Personnel Committee learned of a second allegation against Kelley. A woman said she reported it to Sr. Rita McCarthy at the time and that McCarthy said there were no other allegations against Kelley. Per 8/11 Boston AD database, allegations unsubstantiated. Retired without restrictions. In 10/15 was “senior priest” and in residence at All Saints in Haverhill. Accused in suit filed 4/16 of abuse of boy, age 10-13, 1973-76 at St.Thomas Aquinas in Jamaica Plain. Accusations include oral sex and sodomy. Kelley denied abuse. Settled 1/18. Reportedly died 3/17/20 in Lawrence, MA.


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