|Ireland Seeks Extradition of Former Priest Accused of Sexual Abuse
August 12 2010
SAN FRANCISCO -- A former Roman Catholic priest from Ireland who lives in Alameda is now in jail awaiting proceedings in federal court in San Francisco on his possible extradition to Ireland to face charges of sexually abusing six boys.
Patrick Joseph McCabe, 74, is accused of nine counts of indecent assault and one count of attempted indecent assault with six boys in Dublin and elsewhere in Ireland between 1973 and 1981.
The alleged victims were between 10 and 14 years old.
McCabe was a priest in the Dublin Archdiocese from 1961 to 1983, according to papers filed with an extradition request by lawyers with the U.S. Attorney's Office in federal court in San Francisco on July 28. The extradition bid was filed on behalf of the Republic of Ireland.
McCabe voluntarily surrendered to U.S. Magistrate Maria-Elena James in San Francisco on July 30.
He was placed on house arrest until Aug. 4, when James ordered he be held in custody while awaiting extradition hearings. He is now in Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.
McCabe was first accused of abuse by Irish police in 1988 and was forced to leave the priesthood that year, according to the extradition papers.
The government court filings say that in 1988, McCabe left the Irish jurisdiction in which he was charged, and Irish authorities lost track of him until Interpol, the international police agency, reported in 2003 that he was living in Alameda.
No date has been set for hearings on the extradition request, but McCabe is due to return to court on Sept. 2 for a status conference.
McCabe's lawyers are appealing to a federal district judge to allow him to be released on bail on grounds of ill health, including diabetes and heart problems. Federal attorneys have responded that he can be adequately cared for in custody.
A hearing on the appeal for release on bail is tentatively scheduled before U.S. District Judge Susan Illston in San Francisco at 3 p.m. Friday.
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