Journalist charged with Internet child luring makes court appearance

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Kevin Kelly is pictured at provincial court in St. John's today. — Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram

Well-known local journalist Kevin Kelly was in provincial court in St. John’s this morning to face a charge of unlawfully luring a child under 16 by means of a computer.

Kelly, 41, a senior editor with The Herald magazine, had the case set over to Jan. 14 at which time he is expected to have a lawyer. He was represented today in court by duty counsel.

Kelly is not in custody.

While police would not release details about the case, The Telegram has learned the charge was laid a result of Kelly reportedly sending inappropriate messages to a teenage girl on Facebook.

He was said to have been sending the messages over a five-week period. A complaint was formally made to police last January.

Kelly is, perhaps, best known among the local music community as he regularly covers the entertainment beat.

He is also a former board member of Music NL and has been named Music NL's media person of the year on several occasions.

Originally from Marystown, Kelly worked as a researcher in the House of Assembly — a government role while the Liberal Party was in power, and was a DJ for CHMR-FM, Memorial University's radio station.

Kelly is also a past judge for Miss Teen Newfoundland.

This is a corrected version.

Organizations: The Herald magazine

Geographic location: Marystown, Newfoundland

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  • paul
    December 06, 2012 - 13:28

    I believe in innocent until proven guilty. I feel bad for him. No matter what the outcome is he has his name slandered. I hope to see his name cleared soon so that he can try to straighten out his life from this mess,

    • david
      December 08, 2012 - 11:00

      First: No one would ever find out about the situation with a (relative) celebrity otherwise...gossip and rumours in "cosmopolitan" Corner Brook? Never. Second: Justice has been corrupted by the very laying of these charges on the publid record, so therefore they must be that your point?

    • andre
      April 06, 2013 - 11:33

      do anyone know the outcome of this case yet?

  • Duggan
    December 05, 2012 - 11:56

    At least The Telegram and the CBC reported this case, as they do others. Can anyone conform if NTV, OZ-FM, or The Newfoundland Herald has covered it? He has not found a lawyer to represent him in the 1 month since was charged by Police????

  • JD
    November 29, 2012 - 15:02

    it would be nice if media could keep peoples information private until convicted. Ive always known Kevin who has been nothing but helpful and thoughtful. It would not surprise me if this gets thrown out of the court. The media should be then blamed for tarnishing reputations

    • hockeyfannl
      December 03, 2012 - 20:09

      I too have known Kevin for quite some years and he has shown me nothing but the utmost respect. I believe in innocent until proven guilty

  • LW
    November 29, 2012 - 13:31

    Unfortunate circumstance. I always found Kevin to be appropriately friendly which can easily be misinterpreted by a younger girl. I can't take a side as I have no information on this story so I guess the only thing to do is to let it play out and not make judgement to either party involved, for now.

    • Not Surprised...
      November 29, 2012 - 22:22

      This does not surprise me at all...

  • victims rights
    November 29, 2012 - 12:54

    you are correct blair. the federal conservatives have changed the law, but the liberals/ndp including the liberal/ndp mp's from the province voted against it. over the years liberal governments with the help of their ndp buddies watered down crime bills in committees. they made a complete joke out of the justice system, and the youth justice act. but the biggest joke came in 1982, when then a liberal prime minister brought in that phoney document called: THE CHARTER OF RIGHTS & FREEDOMS. it gave criminals more rights then the victims.

  • Jenny
    November 29, 2012 - 12:06

    What happened to innocent until proven guilty. He has beenc harged not convicted.

  • Blair Brookfield
    November 29, 2012 - 11:00

    classy all right, it also states he worked for the liberal party. i can't wait to hear from all those hug-a-thug die-heart liberals. This is not even a crime in the eyes of Liberals. The age of consent was only 14 until Harper had the sense to come in and change it.

  • crista
    November 29, 2012 - 10:33

    now is the newfoundland herald going to write a story on this so it could stop such crimes as this that go on in society in an every day manner,yes innocent until proven guilty???? how much is going on in society that are kept secrets,how much is covered up that's after going on,do you not think it is time for some one to start talking about these perverted crimes that go on every day and stop hiding the truths look mount cashel and not only mount cashel, victims beening victimized and it's not only kevin kelly it went on before kevin kelly????.It would get you thinking about who you can TRUST????

  • mr. scrooge
    November 29, 2012 - 09:56

    classy all right, it also states he worked for the liberal party. i can't wait to hear from all those hug-a-thug die-heart liberals.

    • wavy
      November 29, 2012 - 11:41

      ...or those naive, hypocritical conservatives. While we're at it, why don't we drag Mr. Kelly's religious affiliation into the argument as well, seeing as that has about as much to do with the case as his political affiliation. Classy indeed.

  • rachel
    November 29, 2012 - 09:15


  • Calvin
    November 29, 2012 - 09:06

    Hahahahaha, I love that The Telegram dropped that bit about him being a judge for the Miss Teen Newfoundland competition.... classy guys, really classy.