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>AN Indian priest accused of raping two teenage girls while he worked at a Catholic church in Minnesota says that he is innocent, and claims that the accusations were inspired by a desire for money, ABC News reports.

“I am not guilty,” the Rev. Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul told ABC News. “I am innocent. I did not commit any sin against anybody.” He added that he was ready to return to the U.S. to stand trial.

“I am ready if they call me for any trial, I am ready to come and explain myself that i am innocent,” said Jeyapaul.

Police in Roseau County, Minn., have an arrest warrant for Jeyapaul and considers him a fugitive, but Jeyapaul continues to work in a Catholic school system five years after the Vatican was made aware of the accusations against him, according to documents and testimony in a lawsuit.

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