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Fugitive priest extradited to US

Faces theft and child pornography charges reporter, Iloilo City

December 11, 2012

A Filipino Catholic priest wanted in the United States for alleged theft and possession of child pornography has been extradited after a year in hiding.

Father Lowe Dongor was flown to the US yesterday, a month after surrendering to the authorities in Iloilo.

Dongor became a US fugitive after he fled to the Philippines on October 1, 2011. He was arraigned on September 12, 2011, at the Fitchburg District Court in Massachusetts on possession of child pornography and the theft of more than $250.

Pornographic photographs of children were allegedly discovered on the priest's laptop by police investigating the theft charges.

Dongor reportedly admitted taking the money from St. Joseph’s parish in Worcester diocese, which he said he sent home to his family. He also admitted visiting online pornographic sites, but denied downloading them on his computer.

“I am so sorry. I want to apologize to all the people… for the damage I have done to you all, to the Church and to myself,” Dongor told a reporter from The Philippine Daily Inquirer before his extradition.

Besides the theft and pornography accusations, the priest is also facing additional charges including unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

“I am ready to go to jail if that will be the consequence of my actions. I leave myself to God now,” he told the Inquirer.

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