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Former Buddhist priest charged after fathering child with suburban teen

Camnong Bual Ubol /phofrom Cook County Sheriff's office

Camnong Bual Ubol /photo from Cook County Sheriff's office

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Updated: May 15, 2012 4:39PM

A former Buddhist priest is being held in an Alaskan prison on charges of aggravated criminal sexual assault for fathering a child with a 15-year-old girl in west suburban Stickney Township, authorities said.

Camnong Bual Ubol, 61, was a Buddhist priest who lived and worked at Wat Dhammaram Temple in Stickney Township when he fathered the child, the Cook County Sheriff’s office said.

A paternity test in 2010 revealed that Ubol was the father of the child, but the results were not immediately given to police, the sheriff’s office said. Barbara Blaine of the Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests contacted the sheriff’s office in October 2011 about the allegations.

“We’re grateful that this credibly accused child molester is in custody,” Blaine said in a statement, adding that Ubol raped the girl at a monastery. “It’s crucial that law enforcement aggressively pursue likely sex offenders who flee to other cities, states or countries.”

Ubol’s last known address was at the Wat Buddhavipassana Temple in Long Beach, Calif., but investigators learned he had been removed from that temple, and he was believed to be in Alaska. On Friday, he was taken into custody at the LSG Sky Chef in Anchorage, Alaska, where he worked as a dishwasher, police said.

At an extradition hearing Monday, Ubol chose not to fight extradition to Cook County, police said. The sheriff’s office requested he be held without bond, but he was ordered held on a $30,000 bail, police said.

Ubol is being held in the Anchorage Correctional Center East, in Anchorage, where his next hearing is set for June 14.

Ubol was born in the Pissanulok Province of Thailand, but is a U.S. citizen who has been a Buddhist priest since 1995.

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