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Ex-Boys Town Priest is Put on LeaveThe Rev. James Kelly Says he "Doesn't Remember" the Man who Filed a Lawsuit

By Jaclyn O'Malley

Omaha World Herald [Nebraska]

February 4, 2003

A priest who served at Boys Town was placed on administrative leave Monday pending an

investigation into allegations that he sexually abused a boy while a Boys Town staff member in the

late 1970s.

The Rev. James Kelly, 70, who had been serving as a prison chaplain in Carson City, Nev., was told

Monday of the action by Bishop Howard Hubbard of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, N.Y. Kelly

was ordained in the Albany Diocese in 1957.

The Reno Diocese, following Albany's lead, also removed Kelly from public ministry pending the

outcome of an investigation.

An Arizona man who filed a lawsuit last week in U.S. District Court in Omaha alleges that he was

molested when he lived in a cottage at Boys Town from 1977 to 1979. He said he was abused in

1978 in separate incidents by Kelly, who then was director of spiritual affairs, and by a counselor who

was a live-in employee at the cottage.

The Albany Diocese said that a priest accused in such cases normally would not be placed on

administrative leave until a preliminary investigation by his diocese had determined the accusation to

be credible. But because of a prior complaint against Kelly, Hubbard decided to take the extra

precaution of placing Kelly on leave while the latest complaint was investigated, the diocese said.

The earlier complaint was made in the mid-1980s while Kelly served a parish in Rensselaer, N.Y. The

Albany Diocese said it investigated the complaint at the time and determined that it did not constitute

sexual abuse. As an added safety measure, the diocese said, Kelly was sent to a therapeutic facility

for evaluation and therapy before returning to ministry.

In June 2002, following the Catholic Church's adoption of national guidelines addressing priests'

conduct, the mid-1980s complaint against Kelly was reviewed by the Albany Diocesan Sexual

Misconduct Panel. That panel also determined that Kelly's behavior did not constitute sexual abuse,

the diocese said.

Kelly, contacted at his Nevada home Monday night, said the complaint from the 1980s had nothing to

do with sexual misconduct. He said it involved concerns that he was too strict of a disciplinarian when

he punished students.

Kelly said he expected to be placed on leave after the latest accusation.

"It's not fair that this young guy says I abused him," said Kelly, who said he first learned of the suit

when told of it last week by a reporter.

"I don't remember him at all," Kelly said of his accuser. "This is so sad. For the life of me, I can't

figure this out. I absolutely didn't do anything to him."

Kelly said Monday that he doubts his accuser suddenly remembered abuse from the 1970s, as his


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lawyer maintains. He said it is more likely that the man was influenced by large monetary settlements

the Catholic Church has paid recently to sex-abuse victims.

"I feel bad for this kid. I forgive him," Kelly said. "Maybe he thinks he's right, but I think he's going

after deep pockets."

William G. Walker of Tucson, Ariz., who represents the man who filed the suit, criticized comments by

Kelly and the Rev. Val Peter, executive director of Girls and Boys Town, questioning his client's


"Father Kelly's a pedophile," Walker said. "I think it's shameful that a person in Father Peter's position

begins by attacking this man, rather than trying to find the truth."

Peter, who is a cousin of the plaintiff's mother, promised at a press conference Friday to investigate

but also raised doubts about the accuser's credibility.

Walker said Peter "played no part" in his client's life.

"In light of all the abuse that's coming out, this man takes the archaic view of attacking the victim," the

lawyer said.

Walker also represents another man who last week filed a suit in U.S. District Court in Lincoln,

claiming that he was abused while attending St. Joseph Catholic School in York, Neb., in 1973 and


The priest named in the York lawsuit, Monsignor Jerome C. Murray, could not be reached. He retired

in 1999, according to the Rev. Mark Huber, spokesman for Lincoln Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz.

Huber said lawyers have advised the diocese to not talk to reporters about the allegation because the

matter is in litigation.

Walker has said that his clients didn't remember the assaults until February 2002, when Walker was

handling similar cases in Tucson.

Walker represented 10 victims who sued four priests and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson over

sexual abuse. The case was settled last year for at least $ 15 million, according to news reports.


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Priest's N.Y. accusers shocked to hear of his move to Boys Town
By Stephen Buttry, Omaha World-Herald
May 3, 2003
ALBANY, N.Y. - Before the Rev. James Kelly came to Boys Town in the 1970s, he was urging boys to drop their pants in the principal's office at a New York high school, several former students there say.

One former student alleged in a recent interview that Kelly molested him in the office after telling him to pull down his pants.

"He touched me and told me, 'Don't be afraid. God will forgive you,'" said the 43-year-old Albany man, who agreed to talk on the condition that he be identified only by his first name, Bob.

Bob was one of six former students at Keveny Memorial Academy in Cohoes, N.Y., who told in recent interviews with The World-Herald about conversations in Kelly's office that often turned to sex and masturbation.

Another former student, identified only as David, told the Albany Times-Union that Kelly molested him after asking him to drop his pants for a spanking.

One former student remembers being "shocked by the absurdity" when he learned Kelly was going to work at Boys Town.

Three others agreed, saying they recalled laughing at the news. "We all said, 'The poor kids at Boys Town,'" one said.

Kelly was accused in recent lawsuits of molesting two boys when he was at Boys Town from 1975 to 1983. A third man said in an interview with The World-Herald that Kelly molested him while he was at Boys Town. Those lawsuits also allege abuse by Michael Wolf, a former counselor who left Boys Town in 1983 and died in 1990. A third lawsuit alleges abuse only by Wolf.

James Martin Davis, the attorney hired by Boys Town to investigate the allegations raised in the lawsuits, said Boys Town received no indication of sexual misconduct before hiring Kelly.

Kelly denies abusing boys in New York or at Boys Town. He said he spanked boys with their pants down, a practice he said was acceptable at the time.

"I used to tell parents the only way you should discipline a child is to hit him on his bare butt with your bare hand," Kelly said in an interview this week from Carson City, Nev., "I'm in trouble now because I followed the advice I gave parents. . . . There was no fondling. There was no touching of genitals at all."

He acknowledges that he talked to boys about masturbation, but says he brought it up only in asking the youths about possible sins they might confess.

After the first lawsuit was filed, Albany Bishop Howard Hubbard placed Kelly on administrative leave, pending an investigation. Kelly was a prison chaplain in Carson City.

The Albany Diocese investigated a complaint against Kelly in the 1980s, after he returned to New York from Boys Town, and concluded then and in a review last year that the incident did not constitute sexual abuse. As a precaution, though, the diocese sent him for therapy.

Ken Goldfarb, communication director for the Albany Diocese, said the investigation is continuing. He did not know details of the 1980s incident.

"Whatever that event was, it was enough to prompt some sort of evaluation and therapy," Goldfarb said.

Kelly said that complaint related to his spanking kids on their bare bottoms. Both investigations, he said, concluded that "there was nothing sexual in that at all." His therapy, he said, had to do with "anger and rigidity."

The accusations by former students at Keveny and Boys Town have similarities:

• Former students from both places, including some who don't say they were molested, said Kelly asked them uncomfortable, detailed questions about masturbation and other sexual practices.

• Former students from both places say Kelly asked improper questions during confession. Two former Boys Town youths say Kelly molested them during confession.

• Former students from both places recall him encouraging them to pull down their pants.

Those who say they resisted Kelly's encouragement to drop their pants say he never molested them. They spoke only on condition they not be identified.

Some recall him staring at the genitals of naked boys.

"This priest never looked above our waistlines in the 10 minutes that he grilled us," recalled a 45-year-old Albany man. He said Kelly stopped him and his brother as they came out of the shower after baseball practice, the last boys to leave.

A Keveny classmate of that man said another youth stripped to retrieve a dock that was floating away at a church camp on Lake Luzerne, where Kelly often took groups of youths.

Kelly walked up as the naked youth came ashore. "Kelly was talking right to his (penis)," the former student said. "He never took his eyes off."

Kelly said he did not recall such incidents.

The former Keveny students said that when teachers sent them to the principal's office for discipline, Kelly asked uncomfortable questions, then presented manipulative choices.

A baseball player said he had to choose six weeks of detention, missing nearly the whole baseball season, or physical punishment. When he chose spanking, the former student said, he faced another choice: 30 to 40 swats with pants up, fewer with pants down but underwear up and fewer still on his bare bottom.

Another former student got the choice between detention and private confession.

Kelly said he did give boys the choices of punishments and did give fewer swats if they took their pants down. However, he denied presenting confession as a disciplinary choice.

Whether in confession or in a discussion before paddling a youth, the former students said, Kelly asked explicit questions about the boy's sex experience: Had he had sexual relations with a girl? Did he masturbate? How much semen did he ejaculate?

"This guy could talk about the weather, and it ends up at masturbation," one former student said.

Kelly denied talking about sex with youths except in properly counseling them about sexual sins. "They are really using their imaginations," he said. "I would never get that ridiculous."

If a youth told him that he masturbated, Kelly said, "I would tell him he had to stop."

Jim Zareski of Malta, N.Y., a 1974 Keveny graduate, remembers that Kelly paddled him for smoking. Told about the choices other students recalled, Zareski said, "I don't remember that. I know my pants stayed up."

Richard Litwa, who taught math at Keveny, remembers that Kelly and a dean of discipline handled corporal punishment, but he did not notice or hear about any improper behavior.

"I have the highest regard for him," Litwa said.

Several former Boys Town residents also praised Kelly and said they doubted the accusations.

One Keveny student who never went to the office for discipline said Kelly summoned him anyway. He and another student faced the same questions about sex, under the guise of a sex-education lecture.

"I can only liken it to foreplay," the former student said. He said he answered every question by saying he didn't know. "I remember thinking, 'If this guy touches me, I'm going to punch him in the face, make a break for my door and tell my father.'"

However, he didn't tell his parents. None of the former students interviewed did.

Students talked and joked among themselves and gave Kelly insulting nicknames, but those who were interviewed didn't tell their parents, police or church authorities.

Bob still hasn't told his parents or his wife.

As a freshman at Keveny, Bob was summoned to the office in October and told that the principal interviewed all freshmen. Kelly closed the door, Bob said, and started by asking routine questions about his family and why he came to Keveny.

Then, Bob said, Kelly asked if the youth was sexually active. "He asked me, when I go to the bathroom, do I play with myself?"

The second time he was called to the office, he said, Kelly told him to pull down his pants and show how he touched himself when he went to the bathroom.

Then Kelly fondled the youth's genitals, Bob said. He estimates he was molested similarly on eight or nine occasions.

Bob was sure no one would believe him if he told. "In '73 I think it was a different world," Bob said. "Priests were priests, and you respected them."

As Bob grew up, he had difficulty with relationships and had a mental breakdown.

He was shocked to read news reports this year about Kelly being accused of abuse in the suits against Boys Town. "I thought he was dead," Bob said

Bob finally told his story to a lawyer, John Aretakis, who has several clients alleging abuse by priests, but has not filed suit.

"I've got some relief that I've told somebody."

Kelly said the accusations stemming from his time at Boys Town have ended his career. "Every priest is scared to death that somebody from his past is going to bring something up for money."


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In November 1988, King's offices were raided by the FBI and $40 million was discovered missing. Within weeks, the Nebraska Senate, which initially opened the inquiry to find out where the money had gone, instead found itself questioning young adults and teenagers who said that they had been child prostitutes.  Many had been residents of Boystown - though both boys and girls were eventually involved.  Social workers and state child-care administrators accused King of running a child prostitution ring. The charges grew, with the former police chief of Omaha, the publisher of the state's largest daily newspaper, and several other political associates of King, finding themselves accused of patronizing the child prostitution ring.

King's crimes were more serious: that he ran a national child prostitution ring that serviced the political and business elite of both Republican and Democratic parties. Child victims of King's operations charged him with participation in at least one SATANIC RITUAL MURDER of a child several years ago. The "Washington Post", "New York Times", "Village Voice" and "National Law Journal" covered the full range of accusations after the story broke in November of 1988. King's money machinations were also linked to the Iran-Contra affair, and some say that King provided the CIA with information garnered from his alleged activities as a "pimp" for the high and mighty.


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Lawrence King was no stranger to President Bush. And Lawrence King was no stranger to Craig Spence. Several of the Omaha child prostitutes testified that they had traveled to Washington, D.C. with King in private planes to attend political events which were followed by [CHILD] SEX PARTIES. King and Spence had much in common. Not only were they both Republican Party activists but they had gone into business together procuring prostitutes for Washington's elite.

Before his arrest, King had commuted often to Washington, D.C. He was a business partner in a call-boy operation run by the late Craig Spence, whose antics were the subject of a week-long series published by the Washington Times in July 1989. The expose was immediately occasioned by the resignation of an aide to Elizabeth Dole. In his resignation letter, the aide complained that one of Spence's male prostitutes, had blackmailed him with threats of disclosure. The Times reported that Spence, a former ABC reporter, was said to have been running a CIA blackmail operation: Spence's Victorian Mansion on Wyoming Avenue, where he often threw parties for Washington's power elite, was "planted with electronic bugs and video recording equipment that, according to homosexual call-boys and others who routinely visited the house, was used to make incriminating tapes to blackmail guests." The parties were attended by the likes of William Casey, Ted Koppel, John Mitchell and Eric Severeid. A political tempest threatened when Spence's credit card receipts implicated Reagan and Bush appointees, but few names reached the public print.

Four months after the story broke, Spence was found dead at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Boston. Police ruled his death a suicide.

Another ramrod in the CIA's male prostitution network was Ronald Roskens, former chancellor of the University of Nebraska. Lawrence King had been one of his closest "advisers." Roskens was fired from the position in 1989 when his involvement in homosexual orgies was reported to the university's board of regents and verified by them. A year later, President George Bush called Roskens to Washington to head the Agency of International Development (AID), commonly utilized as a cover in CIA operations overseas. AID also disburses $7 billion in nonmilitary foreign aid, and thus wields enormous geopolitical power.

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