Irish Priest Was Counseling Substance Abusers

By Associated Press, carried on WLNS
November 13, 2009

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - The attorney for an 81-year-old Roman Catholic priest who faces possible extradition to Ireland says the clergyman moved to the South Bend area in 1990 to take a job counseling drug and alcohol abusers.

The Rev. Francis Markey was arrested this week at his South Bend home and faces possible extradition to Ireland on charges that he raped a teenage boy there in 1968.

Bob Truitt is a staff attorney with Federal Community Defenders and represents the priest. Truitt says Markey moved to the area in 1990.

The Community Healing Center in Niles, Mich., says Markey worked there from 2001 until retiring in March. The organization's CEO says the center was not aware of the charges against Markey until his arrest was reported this week.


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