North Carolina Judge Throws Out Two Sex Abuse Cases Against Two Priests
Two civil lawsuits against the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte stemming from decades-old abuse cases against two priests was thrown out by a North Carolina judge. Superior Court Judge Robert Bell issued his ruling on Friday. The attorneys for the diocese argued in court last month that the four plaintiffs missed the state’s deadline for filing such complaints, the Charlotte Observer reports.
The alleged abuse by the Reverends Joseph Kelleher and Richard Farwell occurred in the 1970s and 1980s in Charlotte, Albemarle and Salisbury. Farwell pleaded no contest in 2004 to a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Kelleher is awaiting trial on one count of taking indecent liberties with a child, according to the Observer. The priests served for decades within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte, and at parishes of the Diocese of Raleigh. David Hains, a spokesman for the diocese, said (presumably with a straight face), “As always, the Diocese remains committed to the protection of children and young people through background checks, education of church workers and volunteers, and the prompt reporting and investigation of allegations of sexual misconduct.” Charlotte attorney Sam McGee, who Continue reading →