Priest Awaiting Extradition to Arizona Flees Authorities
August 2, 2006
Phoenix A Catholic priest has fled from Italian authorities just days before his extradition to Arizona to face 13 counts of child molestation.
Joseph J. Henn was indicted by a grand jury in July 2003 as part a Maricopa County Attorney's Office major investigation into decades of sexual misconduct by clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix.
The 57-year-old Henn is accused of molesting three boys between 1979 and 1981 when he was a priest at St. Mark's Catholic Parish in Phoenix from 1978 until 1982.
Italian police arrested Henn last July while he was staying at the Rome headquarters of his religious order, The Salvatorians.
Henn remained under house arrest there while his lawyer fought the extradition request by the U-S Department of Justice and Maricopa County.
Last Thursday, the Italian Supreme Court reaffirmed an appeals court's ruling calling for Henn's extradition.
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