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Church lifts ban of Indian priest convicted of sex assault

The spokesperson on Saturday said that the suspension of the Rev Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul was lifted last month after the bishop of the Ootacamund Diocese in Tamil Nadu state consulted with church authorities at the Vatican.

world Updated: Feb 13, 2016 20:04 IST
The suspension of the Rev Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul was lifted last month after the bishop of the Ootacamund Diocese in Tamil Nadu state consulted with church authorities at the Vatican.
The suspension of the Rev Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul was lifted last month after the bishop of the Ootacamund Diocese in Tamil Nadu state consulted with church authorities at the Vatican.(Reuters File Photo)

The Roman Catholic church has lifted the suspension of a priest convicted of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in the United States, a church spokesperson in India said.

The spokesperson on Saturday said that the suspension of the Rev Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul was lifted last month after the bishop of the Ootacamund Diocese in Tamil Nadu state consulted with church authorities at the Vatican.

Jeyapaul was suspended in 2010 after he was charged with sexually assaulting a teenage parishioner while serving in a church in Minnesota in 2004. He fled the United States, but was arrested in India by Interpol in 2012 and extradited to the US, where he was convicted last year.

Church spokesperson the Rev Sebastian Selvanathan said Jeyapaul had not yet been assigned any responsibilities.