Another priest with Haverhill ties accused of child sex abuse

May 17, 2016

HAVERHILL — Another Catholic priest with Haverhill ties has been accused of sexually abusing a child.

Mitchell Garabedian, lawyer who has brought civil suits against several priests and the Archdiocese of Boston, has filed a civil suit against the Rev. Arnold Kelley, an elderly priest who lived and served at All Saints Parish in Haverhill for several years.

The suit says Kelley abused a boy who was 10 to 13 years old from approximately 1973 to 1976 at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Jamaica Plain.

The suit asks that the Archdiocese recognize Kelley as a sexual predator and make a settlement with the victim.

Kelley is the second All Saints priest accused of abusing a child. Former priest Kelvin Iguabita served 12 years in jail after being convicted in 2000 with raping a 15-year-old girl at the church. He is also accused in a recent civil suit of abusing a 5-year-old girl from the parish 15 years ago. That suit also names officials from the Archdiocese of Boston as defendants.

A complete report will appear in Wednesday's Eagle-Tribune.


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