Stockton Music Professor Accused of Soliciting Sexual Acts from a Minor Online

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Keyes Kelly (Courtesy: Stockton Police Dept.)
Keyes Kelly (Courtesy: Stockton Police Dept.)

The Stockton Police Department is reaching out to parents after a months-long decoy operation nabbed a longtime Stockton educator.

Dr. Keyes Kelly, 70, is accused of soliciting a 13-year-old decoy for sex acts online.

Kelly is a music professor and has been teaching children piano in private for years, according to the Stockton Police Department.

Kelly is facing two felony charges. One for contacting a 13-year-old decoy for lewd acts, the second is for arranging a meeting with a minor for lewd acts.

The San Joaquin District Attorney's office said it all happened online with a decoy set up by the Stockton Police Department.

"He decided then to contact and meet the child, this decoy child, for the purpose of a sexual assault,” Elton Grau, a deputy district attorney with the Child Abuse Sexual Assault Unit of San Joaquin County said.

The Stockton educator has offered private piano lessons for about 14 years, according to the San Joaquin District Attorney's office.

"That's the main concern. I think the Stockton Police Department had indicated that the reason why they’re asking for help right now is that h'’s been a music teacher for about 14 years or longer,” Grau said.

This is not the first time the educator has been in trouble with the law, the DA’s office claims he was arrested on similar charges back in 1986.

"We found out that there are people like Mr. Keyes who want to harm children," Grau said.

While Grau said there are no victims at this point, they want parents who may have been clients to speak with their children.

“And have some sort of conversation with them regarding whether they've been sexually abused," he said.

After his charges were read, Kelly was taken back into custody on $350,000 bail and will be further arraigned on May 18.

Kelly was mistakenly let out of jail with a $250,000 bail, Grau said. The mistake was amended on May 11.

FOX40 asked the DA's office why he wasn't registered as a sex offender for his 1986 charge -- they tell us it's because that was a misdemeanor and wasn't considered a registrant offense.

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