New Hanover County Schools lawsuit has new allegations of rape added

New allegations of rape and false imprisonment have been added to the lawsuit in the case against former New Hanover County Public Schools teacher Michael Kelly as well as the New Hanover school board.

A recent report by WECT picked up on the additions to the lawsuit:

One allegation involves the false imprisonment of John Doe 13, the pseudonym being used to protect the identity of one the plaintiffs accusing Kelly of raping him.

“On at least two occasions between 2008 and 2011, Defendant Kelly provided John Doe 13 beverages containing some form of a liquid substance similar to a ‘date rape drug.’ At the time, John Doe 13 was not aware that Kelly had spiked his beverages,” the proposed fourth amended complaint reads.

The complaint alleges that the first occurrence happened when Kelly was giving the student a ride home from school, and stopped at Kelly’s house on the way there. No one else was home at the time. Kelly is accused of showing the boy pornography, providing him a spiked alcoholic beverage, and raping him after he became sluggish and could not move.

The other incident happened on the campus of UNCW, according to the complaint.

The WECT report goes into more detail, some of which is graphic and includes Kelly drugging John Doe 13 and then having”anal intercourse with the boy while the boy was impaired and incapable of fending off Kelly.”

Additionally, WECT reported that the amended lawsuit charges that the New Hanover County School Board violated the students’ fundamental rights to a sound basic education under the North Carolina Constitution.

The legal firms involved in bringing the amended complaint included emails from members of the New Hanover County School Board, which WECT characterized as appearing to dismiss concerns about sexual abuse.

This website has been tracking the Kelly case since 2018. He was convicted in June of 2019 and was sentenced to 16 to 24 years in prison.

A brief timeline of a serial abuser

February 2o18: Kelly is arrested and is initially charged with one count of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and three counts of indecent liberties with a student. His arrest was the result of a joint operation by the FBI and the New Hanover County Sheriff Department.

March 2018: More victims are discovered and more than a dozen new charges are added.  At that time, the full list of charges against Kelly included:

  • One count statutory sex offense with a child
  • Two counts solicitation to commit a felony
  • Five counts of indecent liberties with a child
  • Five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor
  • Sixteen counts of indecent liberties with a student

April 2018: Seven more victims are identified and the number of felony charges rose to 59.

  • 1 Count Indecent Liberties/Student (Bond: $1,000,000.00)
  • 1 Count Statutory Sex Offense w/ Child Under 15 years old
  • 3 Counts Solicitation to commit (Bond: $500,000.00)
  • 1 Count Attempted Sexual Offense w/ Student
  • 1 Count Sexual Exploitation of  Minor (First Degree)
  • 8 Counts Sexual Exploitation of  Minor (Second Degree)
  • 1 Count Sexual Exploitation of  Minor (Third Degree)
  • 23 Counts Indecent Liberties w/ Student  (Bond: $500,000.00)
  • 20 Counts Indecent Liberties w/ child (Bond: $100,000.00)
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Michael Kelly

June of 2019: Kelly pleads guilty to the majority of the 61 felony charges that were pending against him. Kelly surrendered his teaching license to the state in July 2019. Judge John Nobles sentences Kelly to 16 to 24 years in prison on the most serious charges of child exploitation and statutory sex offense.

Kelly’s additional 57 charges are consolidated for judgment, with Nobles adding a sentence of 20-84 months (up to 7 years) to be served following completion of the first sentence.

Kelly will serve a maximum of 24 years and three months and a maximum of an additional 7 years following the completion of the first sentence.

July of 2019: Holliday resigned less than a week after the New Hanover Sheriff indicated an investigation had been opened into claims that the district was warned about a teacher sexually abusing students yet failed to act.

Holliday has been named in the investigation by at least two sets of parents who had complained about Kelly and other teacher behavior, according to Port City Daily. The parents allege Holliday did not act and did not report the complaints to the district.

April of 2020: Four other victims are added to the civil lawsuit. The complaint document at that time included 10 John Does and graphic details.

May of 2021: More victims of Michael Kelly are added to the lawsuit against the New Hanover County School district. The total number of victims rises to 13.

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