Haverhill priest accused of sexual abuse
May 18, 2016
HAVERHILL, Mass. —
A senior priest from a Haverhill church has been accused of sexual abuse.
According to the lawsuit, the unnamed Massachusetts man accused Fr. Arnold Kelley of sexually abusing him for around three years when he was a child.
The man accused Fr. Kelley of abusing him from approximately 1973-1976, when the priest was working in Jamaica Plain at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish. The man said he was around 10 to 13 years old when the abuse happened.
The man was active in the church as a parishioner, band member, and religious education student at the time of the abuse, the lawsuit says.
According to the Road to Recovery, a non-profit that assists victims of sexual abuse, the Archdiocese of Boston was make aware of sexual assault allegations against Fr. Kelley as early as 1997.