A former U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary vice commander charged last year with molesting two 16-year-old boys committed suicide this week following new allegations in a similar case, authorities said Tuesday.
Trent Corbett Kelly, 45, was discovered about 5:40 p.m. Monday when lifeguards and Redondo Beach firefighters reeled in the anchor of his boat and found him tied to it, police and coroner’s officials said.
Voter registration records listed a Redondo Beach address for Kelly but he previously lived in Manhattan Beach and Torrance.
Torrance police arrested Kelly on Sept. 15, according to county jail records. The arrest stemmed from a child molestation allegation that occurred several years ago, before the recent case that sent him to prison after a plea bargain with prosecutors, Torrance police Sgt. Paul Kranke said. He was released after posting $600,000 bail.
Details of the Torrance case were not available Tuesday.
Last November, Kelly acknowledged in Torrance Superior Court that he engaged in unlawful sexual acts with two 16-year-old boys in 2012 and 2013. At the time, Kelly was a division vice commander in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and mentored the boys — who expressed an interest in maritime careers — in a Coast Guard volunteer outreach program in Marina del Rey.
Manhattan Beach police began investigating the molestation allegations in November 2013 and arrested Kelly in April 2014, when prosecutors charged him with six counts of lewd conduct with a minor and child abuse.
He posted $420,000 bail and remained active in the boating community, serving as president of the King Harbor Boating Foundation.
In the deal with prosecutors, Kelly pleaded guilty on Nov. 3, 2014, to one count of sending harmful material to a minor and child abuse. Judge Raymond Mireles sentenced Kelly to one year in county jail and five years probation. Kelly was ordered to register as a sex offender for life upon his release and to attend sex offender counseling.
It was unclear when Kelly was released from jail, but felons typically serve about half of their sentences, though sex offenders sometimes must serve longer terms. ..Source.. by Larry Altman