Fugitive priest arrested in LA
The Roman Catholic priest wanted by authorities in Worcester for allegedly possessing child pornography and stealing from his Fitchburg parish was taken into custody in Los Angeles recently and will be brought to Worcester, authorities said.
The Rev. Lowe B. Dongor, 36, was brought to Los Angeles from the Philippines, his home country.
Records from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department show Rev. Dongor was arrested Dec. 10 by Los Angeles police. He is being held without bail in a Los Angeles correctional facility. He is to appear in a Los Angeles court Wednesday.Timothy J. Connolly, spokesman for the Worcester district attorney’s office, said Rev. Dongor agreed not to fight rendition, but no time has been set for his return to Worcester.
“Our office is in the process of making arrangements to bring him to Worcester Superior Court,” Mr. Connolly said.
Mr. Connolly said Los Angeles police detained Rev. Dongor when he arrived in the United States.
Rev. Dongor was flown to the United States on Monday evening, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper. The newspaper said Rev. Dongor turned himself in to National Bureau of Investigation officials after a priest helped mediate the surrender.
“I am so sorry. I want to apologize to all the people … for all the damage I have done to you, to the church, and to myself,” Rev. Dongor told the Inquir...
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