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Catholic Priest from India gets 6-years imprisonment in US for sexually abusing minor

New York: Father John Praveen, a Catholic Priest from India serving in the US has been sentenced to six-years imprisonment for sexually abusing a teenage girl.

Fr John Praveen, aged 38, pleaded guilty in February to sexually touching a 13-year-old girl in the Rapid City church, South Dakota over her clothes last year, Rapid City Journal newspaper reported.

Judge Steven Mandel sentenced Fr John Praveen to six years in prison, minus 178 days of time served, and said he would be eligible for parole after three years.

The sentencing came after Praveen pleaded guilty to one count of having sexual contact with a child under the age of 16, a crime that carries a maximum 15-year punishment, the report said.

Fr John Praveen had joined the Rapid City Diocese for a 10-year assignment in December 2017.

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