US Fugitive Priest Takes Flight in Italy after Court Approves Extradition

Catholic World News [Italy]
August 3, 2006

Aug. 03 ( - An American priest who faces child-molestation charges in Arizona has gone into hiding, after a court in Italy, where he has been living since 2003, authorized his extradition.

Father Joseph Henn had been living at the Rome headquarters of his Salvatoran Order, supposedly under house arrest, when he was discovered missing.

Father Henn was indicted in 2003 on 13 counts of sexual abuse of minor boys. His lawyers had aggressively fought against efforts to have him returned to Arizona for trial.

On July 27, Italy's top court ruled against the priest, paving the way for his return to face the charges. But when Italian authorities arrived at the residence to serve him with the extradition order, Father Henn was missing.


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