Victims group protests reinstatement of convicted priest in India
Matt Sepic, Feb 15, 2016, MPR News
Advocates for clergy abuse victims are criticizing a decision by Catholic church officials in India to reinstate a priest convicted of sexual assault in Minnesota.
After he was extradited to the U.S., the Rev. Joseph Jeyapaul pleaded guilty last year to assaulting a 16-year-old girl in Greenbush, Minn., in 2005.
A spokesperson for the Diocese of Ootacamund told The Associated Press that Jeyapaul's suspension was lifted following approval from the Vatican.
David Clohessy of the victims group Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests says Jeyapaul should have been banned from ministry permanently.
"I think this convicted predator is being put back on the job for . . .
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