Federal lawsuit filed in Jeyapaul sex abuse case
Valley News Live
April 19, 2016
ST. PAUL (Valley News Live) – A federal lawsuit was filed Tuesday against an Indian Bishop for reinstating a priest convicted of sexual abuse in Minnesota. The federal lawsuit names the Diocese of Ootacamund, India, as defendants.
A press conference was held at the law office of Jeff Anderson & Associates. They say Bishop Amalraj, with permission from Pope Francis, returned Father Joseph Jeyapaul to ministry after his sexual abuse conviction.
Survivor Megan Peterson will spoke publicly about the lawsuit, saying Jeyapaul’s return to ministry endangers kids in India.
In 2015, after his extradition from India, Jeyapaul pleaded guilty to criminal sexual conduct involving the sexual abuse of a minor girl while he worked in the Diocese of Crookston in 2005.
Jeyapaul pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a teenage girl at his residence, next to the Catholic Church in Greenbush, Minnesota.
Jeyapaul served 4 years in prison and was sent back to his native Country of India.