Journalist charged with Internet child luring makes court appearance

Published on November 29, 2012
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.