Judge Broadens Scope of Priest Molest Trial
A civil trial involving a popular Lockeford priest accused of molesting an altar boy three decades ago started this week, and a judge has ruled that the Catholic Church’s handling of past molestation cases may be admissible as evidence.
The alleged victim, now 37 years old, said the Rev. Michael Kelly sexually assaulted him during the 1980s when the priest was at Cathedral of the Annunciation in Stockton.
Identified in court papers only as John TZ Doe, the plaintiff is suing the Diocese of Stockton and Kelly, 62, currently pastor at St. Joachim Catholic Church in Lockeford.
Court papers say the plaintiff came into contact with Kelly when he was an altar boy and a student at Annunciation School during the 1980s.
Vince Finaldi, a Newport Beach attorney representing the man, said in court Wednesday that Kelly also baby-sat the victim when he was a boy.