Chicago priest extradited for West of Ireland sexual offenses

Galway Courthouse: 82-year-old man has been charged with two counts of buggery

An 82-year-old priest has been extradited from Chicago to Ireland to face charges for sexual offenses which allegedly took place in 1968.
 
The defendant, who cannot be named due to legal reasons, was charged with two counts of buggery of a 15-year-old boy contrary to Section 61 of the Offences Against the Persons Act 1861.
 
Judge Denis McLoughlin was told by Police Inspector Michael Coppinger that the defendant was arrested at Dublin Airport having been extradited from Chicago.
 
The defendant was charged at the Bridewell Garda station in Dublin. He replyed “I deny the offences…I deny the charge.”
 
On Wednesday he was remanded in custody. He will appear in Loughrea District Court. No bail application has been made.
 
The defense attorney in the case Vincent Shannon told Judge McLoughlin he would make a further application for bail at his next hearing.
 
Due to the sexual nature of the case Judge McLoughlin has put restrictions on what can be reported at this time.

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