A former Catholic priest assigned to at the very least four churches in the Diocese of Providence through the 1980s right until he resigned at the bishop’s request in 1992 faces expenses of sexual assault.
Courtroom documents clearly show a Rhode Island statewide grand jury in May handed up a three-rely indictment from Edward Kelley, 79, alleging he committed first-degree sexual assault in 1983 in North Smithfield.
The indictment prompted Rhode Island law enforcement officers to situation an arrest warrant for Kelley who was living in Columbia, South Carolina. He was arrested May perhaps 14 and returned to Rhode Island where, courtroom data clearly show, he is getting held with no bail at the Eleanor Slater Medical center as a hearing carries on on his mental competency to encounter the expenses.
The benefits of that competency listening to, scheduled to resume Aug. 12 before Choose Joseph Montalbano, will decide if and when Kelley is formally and publicly arraigned on the charges.
Providence law firm Timothy Conlon said in a assertion he is representing a man who alleges Kelley sexually abused him when he was a boy.
“My consumer experiences living with Kelley in rectories at two parishes in this article in Rhode Island for the duration of the ’80s. Despite the fact that this apply was documented to the hierarchy of the diocese at the time, Kelley persisted in preserving a marriage with the boy, which bundled the boy residing in diocesan quarters with Kelley after that conduct had been claimed.”
Conlon claimed legislation enforcement officers sought out his shopper a decade ago after an additional gentleman who had been near with Kelley as a youngster fully commited suicide. “My shopper was devastated to understand that an individual he understood as a boy or girl may also have been victimized, but he was not emotionally or psychologically capable of having motion at that time.”
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Conlon criticized the diocese for not together with Kelley’s name on its list of credibly accused clergymen.
“As the publicly offered charging document reveals, 12 independent users of a grand jury regarded these allegations credible, which raises problems with a diocesan list that omits a previous priest who is less than arrest and detained on such charges.”
Diocese spokesman Michael Kieloch said the diocese is only now learning through “third parties” of the charges Kelley is struggling with. He noted that the indictment has been sealed “and the point out has not shared something with us.”
Kieloch said the diocese has vowed to cooperate completely with regulation enforcement in such cases and “we will proceed to reassess [Kelley’s] inclusion [on the list of credibly accused priests] when all those paperwork grow to be public.”
In the early 1980s, Kelley served at St. John the Evangelist, in North Smithfield. In October 1985 Bishop Louis E. Gelineau introduced several reassignments within the diocese, including Kelley’s go to assistant pastor of Our Lady of Consolation in Pawtucket.
In July 1986 Kelley was reassigned all over again to become pastor of St. Agatha Parish in Woonsocket. He remained there until finally the conclude of 1991 or the start of 1992, when Kelley was assigned to St. Aidan, in Cumberland.
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But in June 1992, Kelley “resigned at the bishop’s request,” The Journal reported on its weekly “Face of Religion” website page.
“In a letter of resignation that was read at Masses,” the newspaper described, Kelley alluded to “squabbles of disunity and dissension, which have led to splinter groups inside of this community.”
The newspaper went on to quote William P. Halpin, then director of communications for the Diocese of Providence, who said: “The bishop had acquired experiences, from men and women he considers very trustworthy, that a divisiveness had designed in the parish since of the priest’s leadership style.
“The bishop felt that a satisfactory resolution was not very likely below Father Kelley’s management.”
Kieloch, the diocese’s current spokesman, mentioned on Friday that just due to the fact Kelley had been reassigned quite a few occasions “does not suit some abuse go over-up.”
“I can say with certainty,” Kieloch said, “there had been no allegations from our records and [Kelley] was not moved from parish to parish due to the fact of one thing connected to this.”
Kelley’s lawyer Kara Hoopis Manosh did not straight away return a mobile phone get in touch with placed to her business office Friday for remark.
Kristy dosReis, spokeswoman for Attorney General Peter Neronha, said the office could not comment in cases “where a defendant has not been formally arraigned ahead of the courtroom.”
Speaking normally, even so, dosReis said, wherever “our Diocese of Providence clergy abuse overview creates potential customers in opportunity prison scenarios, we are aggressively subsequent up on those people potential customers.”
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