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Priest accused of sexually assaulting Minnesota girl in 2004, arrested in India

Published 03/18/2012, Grand Forks Herald

UPDATED: Megan Peterson, formerly of Middle River, Minn., says it's a weight off her shoulders to hear the Rev. Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul was arrested Friday in India. He faces felony charges in Minnesota district court in Roseau, Minn., that he sexually assaulted Peterson in 2004 when she was 14 and another girl who was 16 in 2005. He's been a fugitive in India, working as a priest, since the charges were filed in Roseau in 2006.

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