Ex-Irish priest to be extradited

Irish former Catholic priest Patrick McCabe, who is currently in custody in California, is to be extradited to Ireland to face charges connected to his alleged molestation of six boys from 1973 to 1981.

If convicted in an Irish courtroom, he faces a maximum sentence of ten years, the Irish Emigrant reports.

After being sent to the U.S. by the Dublin Archdiocese, the ex-priest worked in several churches in the Santa Rosa Diocese of California, serving in the communities of North Bay and Sacramento from 1983 until 1987, when he was ordered to resign.

Robert Beles, attorney for McCabe, has announced that he will appeal the extradition order on the terms that Ireland’s child molestation law do not correspond with American law, which sets a statute of limitations on these cases – Irish law does not.

According to Beles, McCabe could not be charged in the U.S. with the crimes he is being extradited to Ireland for. He said: “There’s no logic or decency for sending a man to a country for something this country cannot punish him for…We wouldn’t send a person to Saudi Arabia if they were going to get stoned.”


Irish ex-priest to be extradited from the U.S. (Irish Emigrant)