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Indian Catholic priest faces sex charge in US

An Indian Catholic priest, who was arrested in the US on charges of engaging in sexual contact with a child under 13 years of age, has been released on a bail of $75,000. Father Leo Koppala, from Andhra Pradesh, faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison and a $35,000 fine or both as he was charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

The 47-year-old priest is not allowed to leave the state of Minnesota, must surrender his passport and must remain law-abiding. The incident happened on June 7 when Koppala was invited over for supper at the location where the child was staying. According to the complainant, Koppala kissed the girl on the cheeks and lips. Koppala also touched her private parts. Koppala told the victim that he loved her, according to the complainant.
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