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$5M bail set for priest accused of abusing North Dakota boys

FARGO, N. D. – A judge has made the bail of $5 million cash for a roman Catholic priest accused of molesting two boys in North Dakota in the 1990s.

KFGO radio reports that Fernando Laude Sayasaya appeared in court on Tuesday via video from the Cass County Jail. He’s facing two counts of gross sexual imposition.

Sayasaya was recently returned to the United States in the Philippines, where he has been since 1998. A Philippine court ordered his extradition in 2010. He appealed, lost, and was eventually arrested in the last month.

The plaintiffs claim that Sayasaya abused two minor brothers and sisters from 1995 to 1998, while he was assigned to the blessed Sacrament, the Catholic Church and the St. Mary’s Cathedral in the Fargo area.

They argued that Sayasaya was a flight risk. He had no objection to the amount of the bail.

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Information from: KFGO-AM, http://www.kfgo.com

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