January 29, 2020
LANSING – Neil Kalina, a former priest facing felony criminal sexual conduct charges as a result of Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s clergy abuse investigation, waived his rights to a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Macomb County District Court.
Kalina, 64, is scheduled for arraignment in Macomb County Circuit Court at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 10 on two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a person between the ages of 13 and 16. The incidents reportedly occurred in 1984.
In addition to those two crimes, Kalina was originally charged with two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a person under 13 years old. However, after further investigation and the discovery of new information, the Attorney General’s office dismissed those charges.
“The list of clergy members who have been accused of abusive behavior continues to grow, and my office is committed to finding justice for their victims,” Nessel said. “My staff and I will continue to expose these wrongdoings and ensure those who abuse their authority are held accountable for their actions.”
When the assaults reportedly occurred, Kalina was a priest at St. Kieran Catholic Church in Macomb County’s Shelby Township. The church is housed within the Archdiocese of Detroit. Kalina is also believed to have provided the victim with alcohol and drugs.
Kalina left Michigan around 1985 and moved to San Pedro, California, where he operated a faith-based service program for at-risk young men. He was arrested May 23, 2019, in Littlerock, California.
The Attorney General’s investigation into clergy abuse involves the seizure of 1.5 million paper documents and 3.5 million electronic documents from Michigan’s seven dioceses through search warrants executed in October 2018. The investigation has resulted in several priests being charged with multiple crimes:
Please note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. The Attorney General’s office does not provide booking photos; however, one may be available through the booking agency.