Convicted Priest Deported To India 16 May 14

A priest who was convicted of fondling a 12-year-old girl while he was working in southern Minnesota has been deported to his native India. Officials with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement say that 48-year-old Leo Charles Koppala was turned over to authorities in New Delhi on Wednesday. Koppola was charged last June with second-degree criminal sexual conduct. He pleaded guilty in March, admitting he fondled the girl while eating dinner at her grandmother’s house. Koppala was assigned in 2009 to the Catholic Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Blue Earth and to St. Mary’s in Winnebago. He was placed on leave in June, and his home diocese of Nellore, India was notified. Officials say that Koppala did not contest his deportation.