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Diocese: Priest in extradition fight was removed from Granite Falls church

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- An official in the New Ulm Roman Catholic diocese says an Irish priest facing extradition over sexual abuse allegations was removed from a Granite Falls church in 1982 after parents complained he was "overly affectionate" with boys.

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The Rev. Douglas Grams is vicar general in New Ulm. He said Thursday that the Rev. Francis Markey filled in at St. Andrew in Granite Falls for about three months ending in June 1982. Grams says after the complaints, the diocese sent Markey to a church-run treatment center in New Mexico and did not deal with him again.

Markey is in an Indiana jail as he fights extradition.

Markey, 82, is accused of twice raping a 15-year-old boy in Ireland in 1968. Grams says there will be a message in the St. Andrew bulletin this weekend encouraging anyone who was abused by Markey to come forward.

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