BLUE EARTH, Minn. (KTTC) -- A Blue Earth priest accused of having sexual contact with a young girl made his first court appearance Monday afternoon.
Fr. Leo Koppala, 47, a priest at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, is charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct.
Koppala was arrested at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
According to the criminal complaint, Koppala is accused of touching the victim on her lower back and breasts on Friday evening while he was at the family's home for dinner. The victim also told investigators he kissed her on the cheeks and mouth. He told her he loved her and wanted to be together after she was done with school.
Koppala is being held at the Faribault County Jail on a $75,000 bond.
Faribault County Attorney Troy Timmerman says, "He is a citizen of another country and that's not as unique as you might think. We do frequently have people who are passing through whether it be on the interstate or even as migrant workers that commit crimes here but in his case we did ask that his passport be surrendered. I think that is just appropriate to do as he's a citizen of another country and if he should post bail we don't want him to be able to leave the country."
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