Priest accused of US abuse won't fight extradition

Attorney Jeff Anderson, left, speaks next to a photo of The Rev. Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul during a news conference Monday, April 5, 2010 in St. Paul, Minn. to draw attention to the case of the Catholic priest charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in Minnesota and demand he be suspended and returned to face justice in the United States. Jeyapaul is working in his home diocese in India and has no plans to return to the U.S. to face the courts, he and his bishop told The Associated Press on Monday .At right is attorney Mike Finnegan. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

April 6, 2010 5:25:45 AM PDT
A Roman Catholic priest charged with sexually assaulting a teenage parishioner in Minnesota said Tuesday he would willingly leave his native India and try to clear his name in the courts if the United States tried to extradite him.