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(Neb)-Charges Likely Against Neb Priest Accused Of Sexual Assault

By: John Axtell Posted at: 01/04/2019 06:25 PM
ORD, Neb. (AP) - A central Nebraska prosecutor says she intends to charge a Roman Catholic priest who's been accused of sexually assaulting a woman, she just doesn't know what.she'll charge him with.
     Valley County Attorney Kayla Clark says that's because she has not yet reviewed all the investigative reports in the case of the Rev. John Kakkuzhiyil, who was arrested Wednesday and remains in custody. 

     The woman who accused Kakkuzhiyil has obtained a protection order against the 63-year-old cleric. She says he assaulted her in November after she went to his Ord home on business and blacked out following a couple drinks with him.
     The Grand Island Diocese says Bishop Joseph Hanefeldt placed Kakkuzhiyil on leave Dec. 15 upon learning that the Nebraska State Patrol was investigating the allegations.

     The priest has been serving as pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ord and Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Burwell.


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