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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Father Leo Koppala of Nellore being deorted back to India



Catholic priest is hauled away by federal agents after sex charge sentencing

BLUE EARTH, Minn. (FOX 47) -- A Roman Catholic priest who has served in Blue Earth and Rochester is now in the process of being deported back to India after being sentenced Monday for sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl.
Two weeks ago, Father Leo Koppala pleaded guilty to Second Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct in Faribault County Court.
While serving at the Catholic Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Blue Earth last summer, Father Koppala was accused of touching and kissing the girl at her family's home.
Now--as part of his stayed 46-month prison sentence-- he'll have to register as a sex offender and has been ordered not to have any contact with girls under the age of 18.
"There were a half dozen or so parishioners in the courtroom during Father Koppala's sentencing," said Asst. Co. Attorney Lamar Piper.
Federal agents picked up Koppala at the conclusion of the sentencing hearing at the courthouse, and he's being deported back to India.
The Diocese of Winona said Koppala has been permanently removed from the Catholic priesthood. In a statement emailed to reporters, the Diocese outlined that Bishop John Quinn has taken "extensive measures" to make sure that the Vatican and the Bishop of Nellore in India know of Koppala's conduct to appropriately deal with him upon his return to India.
Prior to being assigned to the Catholic Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Blue Earth in 2009, Father Koppala had served at the Resurrection R.C. parish in Rochester.

 

3 comments:

  1. "In a statement emailed to reporters, the Diocese outlined that Bishop John Quinn has taken "extensive measures" to make sure that the Vatican and the Bishop of Nellore in India know of Koppala's conduct to appropriately deal with him upon his return to India." Most likely Fr. Koppala will get a promotion in Nellore diocese.

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  2. He scammed over 40k from my grandmother but my family chose not to report it as she was in poor health and it was not in line with her wishes. That said I was very angry about it. This man is a predator and has no place in the church. His devotion to God is a mask used to enrich himself.

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