Irish Priest in South Bend Sent Back to Face Charges

South Bend Tribune
July 12, 2010

SOUTH BEND A Catholic priest has been extradited to his native Ireland to face charges that he raped a boy there in 1968.

The Rev. Francis Markey, 82, was taken Sunday from the St. Joseph County Jail back to Ireland, jail and U.S. Marshal's Service officials confirmed.

Marshals arrested Markey in November at his Miller's Court apartment, on an extradition warrant alleging he committed the crime. Markey has fought the extradition, but a federal court judge and magistrate in South Bend ruled against him.

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Markey has appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, but that three-judge panel July 2 ruled that his extradition must proceed while the court considers his appeal.

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