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Buddhist priest held in suburban sexual assault on teen

Camnong Bual Ubol Buddhist priest who lived worked WDhammaram Temple Stickney Township was arrested AlaskCook County Sheriff's Police warrant for

Camnong Bual Ubol, a Buddhist priest who lived and worked at Wat Dhammaram Temple in Stickney Township, was arrested in Alaska on a Cook County Sheriff's Police warrant for aggravated criminal sexual assault. Thursday, July 19, 2012 | Brian Jackson~Chicago Sun-Times

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A Buddhist priest was extradited Thursday from Alaska for questioning in the sexual assault of a teenage girl in Cook County, sheriff’s authorities said.

Camnong Bual Ubol, who once lived and worked at Wat Dhammaram Temple in Stickney Township, has been arrested on a Cook County sheriff’s police warrant for aggravated criminal sexual assault.

Last October, the Survivors Network for Those Abused by Priests asked the sheriff’s police to investigate allegations that Ubol, 61, was responsible for fathering a child with a then-15-year-old girl while he worked at the Wat Dhammaram Temple. A paternity test allegedly showed he fathered a child with the girl.

Authorities learned that Ubol had moved to Anchorage, Alaska, and the FBI arrested him on the Cook County warrant. He arrived at O’Hare Airport at about 5 a.m. Thursday in the custody of sheriff’s officers.

Ubol was born in Thailand, is a U.S. citizen and has been a Buddhist priest in the United States since 1995, according to a spokesman for Sheriff Tom Dart.—



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