Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel Cracks Down on Child Sex AbuseConviction of former Macomb County priest part of Clergy Abuse Investigation and wider effort by AG Nessel’s office to pursue justice for sex abuse survivors.

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced that a former Macomb County priest will spend up to 15 years in prison after being convicted of sex abuse.

Neil Kalina, 67, who was a priest at the St. Kiernan Catholic Church in Shelby Township from 1982-1985, was convicted of inappropriate sexual conduct with a 14-year-old boy in the rectory of the church, according to Nessel’s office. He was also accused of plying children with drugs and alcohol in the rectory during his time there.

“This is a victory for the survivors who fought to see their abusers held accountable,” Nessel said. “Regardless of how much time has passed or how difficult a case may be, my prosecutors are committed to securing justice for the victims of clergy abuse. Adults who prey upon and subject children to abuse belong in prison.”

This conviction comes out of a broader Clergy Abuse Investigation, initiated by Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office. As part of this investigation, so far, 11 people have been charged, six of whom have been convicted.

Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Diane Druzinski sentenced Kalina at the top of the guideline after his conviction for second-degree criminal sexual conduct by a jury in 2022.

AG Nessel’s office has an open tips hotline for anyone that would like to report an incident related to clergy sexual abuse in Michigan. This hotline can be reached at (844) 324-3374.