PRESS RELEASE, 9/18/2006

New civil sex offender registry law targets former Little Flower priest

The Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office filed a declaratory judgment in a case involving a former priest of Little Flower Catholic Church, located at 5568 Kirby Road. When the statute of limitations expires before a child sex abuse case is reported to authorities, a new law allows the Prosecuting Attorney to file a civil action requiring the abuser to register with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

Former Little Flower priest David J. Kelley sexually abused a young student at the grade school in the early 1980’s. However, because the statute of limitations ran out before the crime was reported, criminal and civil charges were never filed

If a judge agrees, Kelley must register with the Ohio Attorney General’s Internet Civil Registry. In addition, the defendant must also register his address with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and will not be able to live within 1000’ of a school. Failing to do this is a felony of the fifth degree

The new law went into effect August 3, 2006. It is believed to be the first use of this new law in Ohio.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters said, “Even if the criminal prosecution is barred by the statute of limitations, we will pursue this new type of civil action. People will have the ability to discover if a sex offender is living in their neighborhood, even if they could not be prosecuted due to this technicality.”