Alex Kelly (rapist)
|Alex Andrew Kelly|
May 8, 1967 |
|Criminal penalty||16 years imprisonment|
|Criminal status||On probation|
|Conviction(s)||Rape (2 counts)|
Alex Kelly was charged with committing two rapes within a four-day period in Darien, Connecticut, in 1986. He was charged first with the rape of a 16-year-old Stamford girl, and then of a teenager in Darien. In one of the rapes, according to the police, he encountered a girl who lived near him and offered her a ride home from a party. He was later also charged with drug possession and two counts of kidnapping.
Before his trial was due to begin in 1987, Kelly fled the United States and spent the next seven years on the run, mostly in Europe. Kelly's parents allegedly supported him financially during this seven-year period, although they may have been unaware of his exact locations. Law enforcement authorities suspected that the parents had been in contact with their son and, on at least one occasion, raided the parents' house in an attempt to find evidence of Kelly's location or their assistance to him. In 1991, while Kelly was on the run, his older brother Chris, then age 26, died of a drug overdose.
In 1995, the Connecticut State Police discovered photos in the Kelly home of Alex with his parents in Europe the previous year. Though his parents claimed to have no knowledge of his whereabouts, the photos told a different story and they were to be charged with obstruction. Kelly surrendered to authorities in Switzerland after learning of the charges of obstruction pending against his parents. He was extradited from Switzerland to the United States in order to stand trial on rape and kidnapping charges. Several lesser counts were excluded, as they were not specifically listed in the extradition treaty between the two nations. Kelly faced two trials in 1997. After the first was declared a mistrial, the second resulted in his conviction for the first rape and a sentence of 17 years in prison. He pleaded no contest to the second rape and was sentenced to an additional 10 years in prison (sentence to run concurrently with the 17 year sentence).
On November 24, 2007, Kelly was released from prison on "good behavior". He is required to serve 10 years probation, perform 200 hours of community service, pay a $10,000 fine, and register with the Connecticut Sex Offender Registry. Kelly claims that, while in prison, he earned a bachelor's degree in economics and third-world development.
Portrayals in the media
It was also dramatized in the television movie Crime in Connecticut: The Story of Alex Kelly (also known as The Return of Alex Kelly), a two-hour production originally broadcast on March 16, 1999. Kelly was portrayed by actor Matthew Settle in the telefilm.
- Neuffer, Elizabeth. "Accused Rapist And His Flight Trouble Darien", The New York Times, August 27, 1987. Accessed November 5, 2007. "A year ago Alex Kelly -a former juvenile offender who became an honors student in high school and a top athlete here -was charged with the rapes of two teen-age girls."
- Judson, George. " From Ski Slopes of Europe to a Rape Trial?; Eight Years After Fleeing, an Ex-Darien Athlete Surrenders in Switzerland", The New York Times, January 31, 1995. Accessed November 5, 2007. "But the authorities' satisfaction at having him in custody is tempered by the length of time he avoided trial, the help he may have received from his parents and legal maneuvering now aimed at reducing his charges. Prosecutors and investigators refuse to comment on whether either of his parents, Joseph and Melanie Kelly, will be charged with hindering prosecution."
- "Switzerland to Return Fugitive in 1986 Rape-Kidnapping Cases", The New York Times, April 23, 1995. Accessed November 5, 2007.
- Williams, Monty. "Conviction in Kelly Rape Case Ends Prosecutor's 11-Year Trial", The New York Times, June 15, 1997. Accessed November 5, 2007.
- Glaberson, William. "Alex Kelly Avoids Trial In 2d Rape", The New York Times, December 24, 1998. Accessed November 5, 2007.
- Yardley, William. Parole Bid Is Rejected for Rapist Who Fled U.S.", 'The New York Times, March 4, 2005. Accessed November 5, 2007.
- Christoffersen, John. "Alex Kelly released from prison", 'Newsday, November 23, 2007. Accessed November 23, 2007.
- "Crime in Connecticut: The Story of Alex Kelly", Internet Movie Database. Accessed November 8, 2007.
- Connecticut: Stamford: Rapist Won't Seek New Trial
- Crime in Connecticut: The Story of Alex Kelly at the Internet Movie Database
- Crime in Connecticut (Swedish)
- Connecticut Sex Offender Registry page