Kelly flees to Ireland:

STOCKTON, CA - A Diocese of Stockton priest recently convicted of three counts of child molestation and under investigation for an alleged similar crime has gone back to Ireland.

Father Michael Kelly, who served at St. Joachim's Catholic Church in Lockeford, was convicted April 13 in a civil trial of molesting a former altar boy at the Cathedral of the Annunciation in Stockton in the mid-1980s.

With the conviction, Kelly, who had continued to serve at St. Joachim Catholic Parish in Lockeford, was removed from his duties by Stockton Bishop Stephen E. Blaire.

In a separate case, Kelly has been under a criminal investigation since last September on allegations he molested an altar boy at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in San Andreas in the early 2000s.

Edited by pluckmemory (04/17/12 12:11 AM)