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SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Thursday, July 8, 2010

Accused Bishop McGuinness Chaplain Turns Himself In; SNAP responds

For immediate release, Thursday July 8, 2010

Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director, 314 862 7688

We are glad this accused predator has turned himself in, but worried that even recently, he was working in a school around boys. We hope school officials will write to every alum asking if they have any information about his alleged crimes and urging them to call police if they do.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 22 years and have more than 9,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is

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Accused Bishop McGuinness Chaplain Turns Himself In
5:24 PM EDT, July 8, 2010

ALBEMARLE, N.C. - The Bishop McGuinness chaplain accused of molesting a 14-year-old boy more than 30 years ago turned himself in to police Thursday afternoon and was released after posting bond.

Rev. Joseph Kelleher, the chaplain at the Roman Catholic high school in Kernersville, was charged with indecent liberties with a child for an alleged incident involving a 14-year-old boy in 1977.

Kelleher, 82, of Winston-Salem, has been placed on administrative leave while the Diocese of Charlotte investigates the accusations.

Kelleher was released from custody after posting $5,000 bond. He's scheduled to appear in court August 9.

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