Clergy abuse advocate says Jeyapaul will likely offend again
FARGO (KFGO-AM) – A group that represents thousands of clergy sex abuse victims around the world is worried that former Minnesota priest Joseph Jeyapaul will re-offend after he’s deported back to India.
Jeyapaul was sentenced in a plea deal Monday to a year in jail already served for sexually molesting a teenage girl.
Barbara Dorris of Chicago is the outreach director for “SNAP”, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. “Our fear is that he is being deported to India, where he will be free in a group of children that are extremely vulnerable,” Dorris said. “We had hoped that the justice system would have pursued all charges and found a way to keep him locked up.”
Dorris says Jeyapaul’s sentence is “extremely frustrating” because he’s destroyed the lives of at least two young girls. “He’s basically paying no penalty for that,” she said.
Jeyapaul served at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Greenbush, Minn. He returned to India in 2005 and was brought back to Minnesota to face charges.