The National Catholic Reporter reports that former Salvatorian priest Joseph Henn, 70, was extradited from Italy to Arizona to face sexual molestation charges. According to NCR, he was arrested in Rome by the Italian police force on May 28.
Henn allegedly molested at least three boys younger than 15-years-old between 1979 and 1981 during his time at St. Mark Parish in Phoenix. In 2003, he was indicted on 13 counts related to child molestation, but he fled the country and went to Italy.
Two years later, Henn was arrested in Italy and his extradition was confirmed. Henn fled the authorities again. In May, he was arrested when he tried to use his expired U.S. passport to pick up medication, according to Henn’s attorney. The Italian police say he was actually arrested when he asked for help at an immigrant assistance center under a false identity.
"The Diocese of Phoenix is committed to providing a safe environment where it values and honors every individual as created in the image and likeness of God," a statement reads. "Great efforts have been made to put systems into place to keep our young people safe, and we will continue to work in close cooperation with law enforcement to uphold the principles of accountability and justice."
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