Ex-Priest Agrees to Sex Register List; Abused Stepkids

Associated Press, carried in Daily Press (Newport News, VA)
April 28, 1998

A George Washington University professor accused of sexually abusing his stepchildren more than two decades ago has pleaded no contest to two felony molestation charges.

Eugene Walter Kelly Jr., 62, a former Roman Catholic priest, was given a three-year suspended sentence as part of a plea agreement last week. He also must register with State Police as a sex offender.

The victims and their mother, who spoke to The Virginian-Pilot on condition of anonymity, said they were satisfied with the outcome of the case.

The thing I wanted the most was for him to be a registered sex offender, so every parent who lives in his neighborhood won't send their kids to his house to play," Kelly's ex-wife said.

Kelly was accused of molesting his stepchildren from 1972 through 1976, when he was living in Virginia Beach and teaching education at Old Dominion University in Norfolk. His stepdaughter was 12 and his stepson 14 when the alleged molestations began.

I remember telling my children to beware of the monsters in society," the victims' mother said. Then I found out that there had been a monster right here in the house. We were locking a monster up in the house with us every night."

The charges first came to light in August 1996 after Kelly's stepson was told by his therapist that confronting the abuse was the only way the family would heal. After he discussed it with his mother and sister, the three approached Virginia Beach police. Working with police, Kelly's ex-wife taped a telephone conversation in which he admitted the abuse.


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