Friday 23 February 2018

US seeks extradition of priest on abuse charges

Irish priest Father Michael Kelly
Irish priest Father Michael Kelly

Sean Ryan

A Tipperary-born priest is facing extradition to the US to face charges of sex abuse.

Fr Michael Kelly, from Ballingarry, has been formally indicted on four counts by a grand jury in California.

Fr Kelly returned to Ireland in April 2012 -- just a day before he was due to give evidence in a case relating to alleged abuse of an altar boy in the 1980s.

The diocese where the abuse allegedly took place agreed to pay $3.7m (€2.7m) to the claimant.

Two more people came forward in 2012 alleging they had been abused by Fr Kelly and the district attorney's office in Calaveras County said it was seeking his extradition back to the US to face charges.

Fr Kelly faces up to 14 years in prison if he is convicted of the charges.

He has always protested his innocence.

Irish Independent

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