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Rapid City area priest accused of sexually assaulting child

October 2, 2018

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A priest in the Rapid City Catholic Diocese is accused of sexually assaulting a child.

Police say 38-year-old John Praveen was arrested Tuesday on possible charges of sexual contact with a child under 16. Rapid City police and the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office say a joint investigation began after a juvenile came forward alleging sexual contact with the priest.

The Rapid City Journal reports Praveen has been serving as a temporary priest in the Rapid City area since early summer. A diocese newsletter says Praveen was previously assigned as a parochial vicar to All Saints Church in Eagle Butte and all of its parishes.

Sheriff’s Capt. Corey Brubakken says the investigation continues. The diocese says it’s cooperating with investigators and Praveen has been removed from all ministry in the diocese.

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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