February 10, 2006

Fugitive priest captured on sex charges

Detroit Free Press

February 10, 2006


John Steven Rabideau at the Miami-Dade County Jail in Florida after his capture in Colombia. A warrant went out on him in 1998.

A Catholic priest sought by authorities for more than seven years in several child sex cases was captured in Colombia and will be returned to Michigan to face trial, authorities said Thursday.

Colombian police arrested John Steven Rabideau, 44, Saturday when he tried to enter the country from Ecuador. He will be tried on charges that he had sexual contact with three boys from ages 6 to 14 in Williams Township in 1985 and 1987, said Bay County Prosecutor Joseph K. Sheeran.

The youths, who are now adults, reported the incidents in 1998, Sheeran said.

Rabideau, reached Thursday by phone at the Miami-Dade County Jail in Florida, declined comment on the charges.

Posted by kshaw at February 10, 2006 08:53 AM