Rabat - A British Catholic priest was arrested yesterday at Luton Airport in London for allegedly sexually abusing children.
Rabat – A British Catholic priest was arrested yesterday at Luton Airport in London for allegedly sexually abusing children.
London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement that Laurence Soper, 72, was detained upon arrival in Britain from Kosovo after he was a fugitive from justice for 5 years.
Soper is currently in custody and charged with nine counts of buggery (sodomy), gross indecency, and indecent assault. It is alleged that Soper assaulted five boys from 1972 to 1986, police said.
The Telegraph reported on Monday that Soper was arrested first in Kosovo in May. However, Kosovo’s authorities rejected to deliver Soper to British authorities.
Police said that Soper is expected to appear in Ealing Magistrates’ Court today.
According to media reports, the police did not say if Soper returned voluntarily to Britain or based on an extradition request submitted to Kosovo’s authorities.