Archdiocese Settles Nahant Priest Abuse Case

January 18, 2009

The Boston Archdiocese has settled three sexual abuse cases with their roots in the 1970s, church leaders announced Friday, including one involving a former Nahant priest.

The amount of the settlement in the case the the Rev. Edward Kelley, who was allowed to continue ministry for years after Nahant police found him in a state of undress with a 19-year-old man in his car in 1977, was unavailable. Kelley is now a senior priest restricted from ministry, the archdiocese said.

The other two priests involved in these settlements were the Rev. Eugene Sullivan, who was returned to active ministry following the settlement, and the notorious Rev. Joseph Birmingham, a focus of Boston's clergy abuse scandal who was accused by more than 50 men and has since died.


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