Leonard Joseph Kelly
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priest, diocese of Harbour-Grace, Newfoundland (now Diocese of Grand Falls). Ordained 05 June 1955 by Bishop O’Neill. 1988 GUILTY plea to sex assault of two boys aged 9 and 12. Suspended sentence and two years probation. Sentence overturned by Court of Appeal. Kelly ordered to spend four months in jail.
Bishops from time of Father Leonard Kelly’s ordination to the priesthood: John Michael O’Neill (08 June 1940 – 23 November 1972); Alphonsus Liguori Penney (23 Nov 1972 – 28 March 1979) ; Joseph Faber MacDonald (11 January 1980 – 23 October 1998); Martin William Currie (12 December 2000 – 01 March 2011); Robert Anthony Daniels (01 Mar 2011 – )
The following information is drawn from Canadian Catholic Church Directories (CCCD) to which I have access, The Story of The Roman Catholic dioceses of Harbour Grace and Grand Falls (HGGF) and media (M)
29 July 2012: died at age 81 in the Central Newfoundland Regional Heath Center in Grand Falls. Father Leonard Kelly Obituary
2011: living in a senior citizen’s home in Windsor, Newfoundland. Also at the home is convicted molester Father Michael J. Walsh (CCCD)
2010: 6 Exploits Ave., Grand Falls-Windsor, NL (CCCD)
2002, 2000, 1998, 1996, 1994, 1992: address for Diocesan Centre, Grand Falls, Newfoundland (CCCD)
January 1988: Newfoundland Court of Appeal orders four month sentence (M)
June 1987 – GUILTY plea – suspended sentence. Appealed (M)
1984-87: St. Joseph’s RC Church, Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland
1985-86: St. Joseph RC Church, Windsor, Newfoundland (Bishop Faber MacDonald: 1980-1998)
1971-77: All Hallows RC Church in North River, with missions in Bay Roberts and Butlerville (HGGF)
1971-72, 1973-74: not listed in directory (Bishop Penny 1972-79) (CCCD)
1958-70: pastor, Baie-Verte, Newfoundland with missions in Coachman’s Cove and Fleur de Lys. (HGGF)
1968-69: pastor, Baie-Verte, Newfoundland with missions in Coachman’s Cove and Fleur de Lys. (Bishop J.M. O’Neill: 1940-72) (CCCD)
1967: pastor, Baie-Verte, Newfoundland with missions Coachman’s Cove and Fleur de Lys. (Bishop J.M. O’Neill) (CCCD)
1955-58: Sacred Heart, Little Bay (HGGF)
05 June 1955: ORDAINED
DOB: 21 October 1930
January 6, 1988
ST. JOHN’S, Nfld. (CP)
The Newfoundland Court of Appeal has ordered a jail sentence for a Roman Catholic priest on two charges of sexual assault.
Rev. Leonard Joseph Kelly, 57, of Windsor, Nfld., originally received a suspended sentence and two years’ probation after he pleaded guilty last June. He was convicted of sexually assaulting two boys, aged nine and 12, over a two-year period.
Crown prosecutors appealed the sentence, and on Wednesday, the Appeal Court ordered Kelly to spend four months in jail.
The Crown, arguing that a suspended sentence failed to send a message of deterrence, had sought jail term up to one year.
The Toronto Star
02 June 1987
GRAND FALLS, Nfld. (CP) – A Roman Catholic priest received a suspended sentence yesterday after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting two 12-year-old boys. Leonard Joseph Kelly, 57, of Windsor, Nfld., also was given two years’ probation.