Fr. James E. Kelly: Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Misconduct With a Minor

Fr. James E. Kelly

Ordained: 1957
  • 1958-1961: On Duty Outside of Diocese, Catholic University of America
  • 1962-1967: On Duty Outside of Diocese, Catholic Near East Welfare Association
  • 1972: St. Agnes, Cohoes, NY (ALB)
  • 1973: St. Joseph, Cohoes, NY (ALB)
  • 1974: Keveny Memorial Academy High School, Cohoes, NY (ALB)
  • 1975: Youth Activities Office, Albany, NY (ALB
  • 1976-1982: On Duty Outside of Diocese; Father Flanagan’s Home, Boys Town, NE (OM)
  • 1983: St. Peter, Troy, NY (ALB)
  • 1984-1985: St. Joseph, Rensselaer, NY (ALB)
  • 1986-1988: St. Agnes-St. Patrick, Cohoes, NY (ALB)
  • 1989: St. Mary, Ballston Spa, NY (ALB)
  • 1990-1991: Unknown
  • 1992: Special Assignment; 507 Lake Desolation Rd, Middle Grove, NY (ALB)
  • 1993: Special Assignment; 2213 Tosca, Las Vegas, NV (LAV)
  • 1994: Special Assignment; St. Mary’s of the Mountains, Virginia City, NV (RNO)
  • 1995: Special Assignment; 204 S Boulder Hwy, Henderson, NV (LAV)
  • 1996-1997: On Duty Outside of Diocese, PO Box 977, McGill, NV (LAV)
  • 1998-2003: Retired, McGill, NV (LAV)
  • 2004-2019: Unknown

Fr. James E. Kelly was named in two lawsuits in 2003 alleging child sexual abuse. Fr. Kelly allegedly sexually abused children at a home for wayward youths in Omaha, NE, in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In 2003, Fr. Kelly was removed from ministry. A complaint was made to the Diocese of Albany in the 1980s and a review board concluded there was no sexual abuse. However, Fr. Kelly was sent for therapy and evaluation before returning to ministry. After the lawsuits were filed, several more people came forward with complaints of sexual abuse by Fr. Kelly in the 1980s at a Rensselaer church and school. At least one survivor has alleged abuse by Fr. Kelly at Keveny Academy in Cohoes, New York. Fr. Kelly was included on the Diocese of Albany’s lists of “Clergy Credibly Accused While Serving in the Diocese of Albany.” It is believed that Fr. Kelly was removed from ministry in 2003. Fr. Kelly’s status as a priest, current whereabouts, and whether he has access to children are unknown.