Sexual abuse of minor girls by Rev Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul
The Catholic Archbishop of Madras-Mylapore, Rev Malayappan Chinnappa, said the Ooty priest facing charges of sexual abuse of minor girls in the United States should face the investigations there.
Commenting on the case of Rev Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul, who is accused of sexually abusing two minor girls while serving at the diocese of Crookston in Minnesota in 2004, the Archbishop said, “Now the priest has to oblige, return to the US, if necessary, for further investigations. There is no way out.”
Meanwhile, Rev Jeyapaul, while bluntly denying the charges, said he did not even know one of the two accusers and that he was ready to go to the US, if he was wanted there, to prove himself innocent.
“I am not guilty and of course the allegations against me are false,” Jeyapaul told to Times of India News Paper. He said he had volunteered to serve in the US in 2004 [7-4-2010]. Though his tenure with the US diocese was for three years, he returned to India in August 2005.
All guilty people are telling that they are innocent. However, people like religious Seers and Priests who have to guide all the people must stand as a symbol with good manners. Our people must take notice of such Fraud Priests by seeing their action and deeds and eliminate them from the society.