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Blue Earth Priest Gets Probation In Sex Abuse Case

A Blue Earth priest who admitted to fondling a girl while attending dinner at her grandmother’s home was sentenced to 25 years of supervised probation on Monday.

04/02/2014

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Diocese: Former Blue Earth Priest To Be Deported

A Minnesota priest was taken into custody at his Monday sentencing and will be deported after admitting he fondled a girl while attending dinner at her grandmother’s home.

The Diocese of Winona says The Rev. Leo Koppala was taken into custody by the Department of Homeland Security after his sentencing hearing Monday and will be held until his deportation proceedings.

03/31/2014

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Blue Earth Priest Pleads Guilty In Sex Abuse Case

A Blue Earth-area priest has admitted to fondling a girl while he was attending dinner at her grandmother’s home. The Rev. Leo Koppala pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a victim under 13. He’ll be sentenced March 31.

03/18/2014

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Feds: Prison Chaplain From MN Passed Messages For Mobster

A prison chaplain has been charged in an alleged scheme to help imprisoned Chicago mobster Frank Calabrese, who is serving a life sentence for 13 murders, recover a valuable violin reportedly hidden in a Wisconsin house to keep the government from selling it, federal prosecutors announced Thursday.

06/10/2011