Area Priest Accused of Abuse Dies at 60

June 25, 2009

Kelley Accused Of Molesting Dozens Of Boys

CINCINNATI -- A Cincinnati priest accused of molesting dozens of boys died earlier this month in Tennessee.

David Kelley had worked for decades at area parishes, schools and hospitals before he was suspended from the priesthood in 2003.

Church officials have said they first got reports of Kelley's suspected abuse in 1994, but a victims advocacy group said a fellow priest reported Kelley's activities in 1986.

Kelly was sent in 1987 to a New Mexico facility for treatment of alcoholism and sexual issues, church officials said.

The 60-year-old Kelley had been barred from working as a priest, but he died before Vatican officials decided whether to remove him from the priesthood.

Kelley's family held private burial services after his death.


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