Indian priest granted bail in sex abuse case

Investigators revealed that they had found numerous files containing pornographic videos on the computer of the Catholic priest.

Hyderabad:

An Indian Catholic priest, who was arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a girl, in the US, has been granted bail.

Father Leo Charles Koppala, who is serving in the St Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Winona diocese in the US, was granted bail July 21.

During the prosecution, investigators revealed that they had found numerous files containing pornographic videos on the computer of the Catholic priest from Nellore in Andhra Pradesh.

According to Faribault country register, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension unlocked the files after Koppala’s arrest.

Some 10 to 15 porn videos, a home-made video and 10 to 20 videos with porn covers and three clip art posters were found.

Prosecutors, however, informed the court that though the material was sexual in nature, no videos showing child pornography were found.

The priest was lodged in the Faribault County Jail and is charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

The priest’s name still remains on the Marquee at his church in Blue Earth.

The diocese has placed the priest on administrative leave, saying that they had not received complaints on his conduct in the past.

The alleged incident happened June 12 at the home of the girl’s grandmother where he had been invited to dinner.

A criminal complaint filed in Faribault County says after dinner the young girl went downstairs to watch television.

It goes on to accuse the 47-year-old priest of grabbing the girl, kissing her and touching her breasts.

The complaint also alleged that the priest told the 11-year-old girl that when she was done with school, he wanted them to… “be free together.”

If proved guilty, the priest could face up to 25 years in prison.

Source: Asian Age

 

 

 

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