|Priest Sex Abuse Extradition Hearing Delayed
By Justin Berton
San Francisco Chronicle
September 3, 2010
A former Roman Catholic priest awaiting extradition to Ireland on charges he sexually assaulted six boys while a priest during the late 1970s and early 1980s appeared in federal court Thursday and learned his extradition hearing would be further delayed.
Magistrate Maria-Elena James set a hearing for Sept. 23 to determine whether her court has jurisdiction over Patrick Joseph McCabe's case. A final extradition hearing is tentatively set for Nov. 2.
McCabe, 74, is being held in an Alameda County Jail. He suffers from a number of health problems, his attorney, David Cohen, said after the hearing.
"I don't think the court wants to oversee the deterioration of Mr. McCabe in jail," he said.
McCabe faces charges in Ireland, where no statute of limitations exists for his alleged crimes.
In the United States, two Eureka men filed lawsuits in the past two weeks against the Santa Rosa Diocese, where McCabe worked during the 1980s.
The men, who are not named in the lawsuits, say McCabe sexually abused them while they attended a church in Eureka and that Catholic officials knew of previous allegations against him.
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