Skip to main content

MI AG Dana Nessel Issues Statement on First Guilty Plea in Clergy Abuse Investigation

LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel issued the following statement after 56-year-old Patrick Casey – one of the first five priests to be charged in Nessel’s Clergy Abuse Investigation – today pleaded guilty to Aggravated Assault.

“For too long, victims of clergy abuse have suffered unimaginable pain – often in silence. Mr. Casey’s decision to plead guilty to aggravated assault ensures that he will be held accountable for the pain and suffering he has caused. While this is the first conviction resulting from our investigation, I can assure you it is still only the beginning of an aggressive pursuit of justice for all those who have been victimized by priests or members of the clergy. Our department remains committed to bringing an end to an era of abuse that has hidden in plain sight for far too long.”

Casey pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of Aggravated Assault today before Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Wanda Evans. He faces a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Wayne County Circuit Court.

This is the first conviction in the Attorney General’s clergy abuse investigation. A status update on each of the remaining charged defendants is as follows:

  • Timothy Crowley – The case was dismissed in Washtenaw County District Court. The Department of Attorney General will be appealing the judge’s decision.
  • Brian Stanley – A preliminary exam was held today in the 57th District Court. Defendant is out on bond with a tether.
  • Joseph Baker – A pre-trial conference is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 23, in Wayne County Circuit Court. The Defendant is out on bond with a tether.
  • Vincent DeLorenzo – A preliminary exam is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in Genesee County District Court. Defendant is out on bond.
  • Neil Kalina – A preliminary exam was adjourned on August 27 in Macomb County District Court. At the court date, the defendant’s attorney requested that his client be evaluated to determine if he is competent to stand trial and if he was criminally liable at the time of the assaults. The defendant remains in Macomb County Jail.
  • Jacob Vellian – Status unchanged.


Please note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.