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KCK priest to be retried for child sex crimes after mistrial

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Posted at 12:15 PM, Nov 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-14 13:15:20-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Wyandotte County District Attorney’s Office will retry a Kansas City, Kansas, priest accused of child sex crimes after a jury deadlocked on a verdict in his trial earlier this year.

Jonathan Carter, a spokesman for the District Attorney’s Office, told 41 Action News that Rev. Scott Kallal will be retried on the same charges: two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. His new trial is expected to begin in May.

A Wyandotte County jury deadlocked in the case in September, resulting in a mistrial.

Kallal was suspended from his position at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in July 2017, after a father claimed the priest had sexually assaulted his 11-year-old daughter while at St. Patrick Catholic School in KCK.

The alleged incidents occurred in the summer and fall of 2015.

After the mistrial, the archdiocese said Kallal remained on a leave of absence that prevented him from “publicly exercising priestly ministry.”

Once legal proceedings are complete, the archdiocese plans to undergo its own evaluation.