MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A priest who was convicted of fondling a 12-year-old girl while he was working in the Diocese of Winona has been deported to his native India.
Officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement say 48-year-old Leo Charles Koppala was turned over to authorities in New Delhi on Wednesday.READ MORE: Bus Driver Shortage Has Some Twin Cities Families Turning To Rideshare Apps To Get Kids To School
Koppola was charged last June with second-degree criminal sexual conduct. He pleaded guilty in March, admitting he fondled the girl while eating dinner at her grandmother’s house.READ MORE: Twin Cities Schools Report Bathrooms Being Plundered For 'Devious Licks' TikTok Challenge
The Diocese of Winona has said Koppala was assigned in 2009 to the Catholic Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Blue Earth and to St. Mary’s in Winnebago. He was placed on leave in June, and the diocese alerted his home diocese of Nellore, India.
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