Former San Andreas Priest Indicted
January 14, 2014
The Calaveras County District Attorney’s Office announced Monday that former San Andreas priest Michael Eugene Kelly had been indicted on three counts of lewd and lascivious conduct on a 10-year-old child and one count of oral copulation with a child.
The Calaveras County Sheriff's Office conducted the investigation in this case. The indictment alleges Kelly began committing the acts of molestation when the victim was 10 years old.
Calaveras County Superior Court Judge John E. Martin issued an arrest warrant for Kelly in the amount of $175,000. If convicted of all charges, Kelly faces 14 years in prison.
Kelly lives in Ireland and must be extradited to Calaveras County to answer for his charges. The DA's Office will be working with the Office of International Affairs in Washington, D.C., to extradite Kelly.
“Locating and extraditing Kelly could be a lengthy process,” said Deputy District Attorney Dana Pfeil, who presented the case to the grand jury on behalf of the DA’s office. “However, the indictment handed down by the grand jury, tolls the statute of limitations so that we will be able to pursue justice for the victim when Kelly is caught and returned to Calaveras County, no matter how long it takes.”