He co-owned the Little Rascals Day Care with his wife Betsy and
helped her run it. He also ran a local plumbing business, which he continued
operating until he was arrested in April 1989. He had formerly worked as the
golf pro at the local country club.
The first allegations of child sexual abuse were made against Bob alone, in
early 1989. He was in prison for two years, with a bail set at $1.5
million. His trial began in July, 1991. He was tried on 100 counts of abuse,
convicted of 99 and was sentenced to serve twelve consecutive life sentences in
Kelly's lawyers filed and on May 2, 1995, Kelly's conviction was overturned,nd
he was released on bond in September 1995 in Fayetteville. He had been in jail
for six years. In October 1995, Betsy and Bob separated. They have one
In April, 1996, the state brought new charges against Bob Kelly, involving one
child with no connection to Little Rascals or the initial case. These charges were dropped in September 1999.
March 4 Defense rests its case.
March 12 State concludes rebuttal evidence.
March 27 Judge McLelland begins charging the jury.
March 30 Final instructions to the jury.
April 22 Convicted on 99 of 100 counts.
April 23 Sentenced to 12 consecutive life terms.
|Jan. 9 Mark Montgomery argues case before the State Court of Appeals.
May 2 Appellate Court of North Carolina overturns the convictions of Bob Kelly
and Dawn Wilson.
Sept. 7 Supreme Court of North Carolina upholds Appellate
Sept. 8 Hearing in Fayetteville for reduction of bond to $200,000.
Sept. 22 Makes bond. Is released in Fayetteville.
Oct. 29 Bob and Betsy Kelly separate.
April 29 State indicts Bob Kelly on new charges. He is arrested and
held in Chowan County Jail.
May 1 Bail set at $50,000. He is released when his employer, Glenn Livingston
Dec. 2 Gerald Beaver moves to dismiss new charges against Kelly. Motion
Dec. 3 Gerald Beaver moves to have the new charges joined to the Little Rascals
charges. Judge Giles Clark rules in his favor.