Father Michael Kelly Criminal Case Still under Investigation

Lodi News-Sentinel
September 13, 2012

The Calaveras County District Attorney’s Office has yet to complete its investigation into allegations that former Lockeford priest Michael Kelly committed clergy sexual abuse against a 12-year-old boy more than a decade ago in San Andreas, according to a spokeswoman from the District Attorney’s office.

However, a civil lawsuit was filed Tuesday against Kelly, St. Andrew Parish in San Andreas, Stockton Diocese Bishop Stephen Blaire and diocese Monsignor Richard Ryan.

Attorney Paul Balestracci, who represents the diocese, said he had just received a copy of the lawsuit Wednesday afternoon and hadn’t had time to read it. The suit was filed in San Joaquin County because the diocese office is located in Stockton.

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