Fr. Timothy Kelley – Diocese of Buffalo

Father Timothy Kelley

Diocese of Buffalo

Ordained: 1978

Removed: 2018

Assigned as follows:

  • 1979-1983      St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (Dunkirk, NY)
  • 1984-1985      On duty outside the Diocese (Tampa, FL)
  • 1986-1987      Absent on leave
  • 1988                On duty outside the Diocese (Tampa, FL)
  • 1989-1990      Absent on leave
  • 1991-2002      Unknown
  • 2003                St. Timothy Church (Tampa, FL)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Timothy Kelley:

According to media reports, in September 2003, Father Timothy Kelley was named in a lawsuit alleging that he sexually abused a 13-year-old child at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School in August 1983 during a weeklong trip from Buffalo to Florida. The suit alleged that Father Kelley performed oral sex on the boy on the morning of the last day of the trip. 

Father Kelley denied the allegation and said he had been “falsely accused,” and described his accuser as “someone who has been a friend of mine.” There was some dispute as to whether he was part of the Diocese of Buffalo at time of abuse or the Diocese of St Petersburg. The lawsuit was eventually dismissed in 2004.

When a second man came forward two months later, in November, alleging that Father Kelley sexually abused him as a child, he resigned from the ministry. 

In March 2018, Father Kelley’s name was included in the Diocese of Buffalo’s list of priests who “were removed from ministry, were retired, or left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.” His current whereabouts are unknown.

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