STOCKTON, California (April 20, 2012) – This morning, at 10:00 a.m., Stockton County Superior Court Judge Bob McNatt, announced the settlement of the sexual abuse claims filed by Manly & Stewart’s client, John TZ Doe.
The Diocese of Stockton has agreed to pay $3.75 million dollars to the victim of Fr. Kelly in order to completely resolve this matter. This is one of the largest individual settlements in the history of the sexual abuse scandal and is a complete victory for the victim and his family. It also will mark the end of the trial.
The settlement was reached late yesterday, and it was agreed by all parties that it would not be announced until the jurors were advised of the agreement in court this morning.
The victim’s legal team included attorneys Rebecca L. Rhoades, Vince W. Finaldi, and John C. Manly. The victim won the first phase of trial when the 12 person jury determined unanimously that Fr. Kelly had sexually abused and raped the victim. The second phase of the trial had commenced approximately a week and a half ago.
The victim, and his legal team, urge any victims of Fr. Kelly to call the police and specifically to contact Wade Whitney of the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office.
John TZ Doe, Fr. Kelly’s victim and the plaintiff in the case stated the following: “First and foremost, I want to thank the jury and the alternates in this case who believed me. I also want to thank Judge McNatt, the court staff and my legal team. This 4 ½ years of litigation and 10-week trial has been the most difficult experience of my life, but I feel I have received justice today, not for me, but for that 10-year old boy who Fr. Kelly hurt so badly. I also ask that the Stockton District Attorney’s Office, the Calaveras County District Attorney’s Office, and the State Attorney General investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding the issue of how a known-molester was allowed to remain in ministry by the Diocese for years after it was clear he posed a clear and present danger to children.”
John Manly, the victim’s attorney in the case stated as follows: “We have proven that Fr. Kelly is a dangerous child predator and we are happy for our client and his family that we were able to achieve a significant and historic victory. However, two important items are left undone. First, and foremost, is for Fr. Kelly to be called to account for his crimes by law enforcement. Secondly, and equally important, is for those who allowed him access to children to be held to account as well.
Anyone who has information about this case to contact Det. Wade Whitney of the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office.” 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, CA 95249, (209) 754-6358.