NRI priest accused of sex assault extradited to US

Roman Catholic priest Rev. Joseph Jeyapaul who is accused of sexually assaulting a teenager in Minnesota has been extradited to the US from India to face charges, after a high court in Delhi found no fault in a lower court's decision to recommend his extradition. Jeyapaul, 59, is charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual misconduct, for raping a 14-year-old girl multiple times in 2004 and 2005. Jeyapaul denied the allegations. He went to Minnesota in 2004 after an international background check, and served at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Greenbush, near the Canadian border, at the time of the alleged abuse. In 2005 he left Minnesota and returned to India to care for his sick mother. Vatican officials recommended Jeyapaul's removal from the priesthood, but the local Indian bishop instead sentenced him to a year in a monastery through a canonical trial. He was arrested in Erode in 2012 after Interpol issued an alert and he has been in custody since. Jeyapaul is now back in Minnesota where he will appear before a judge.