A former Buddhist monk who allegedly raped a 14-year-old girl and impregnated her several years ago was charged in Chicago Thursday.
Camnong Boa-Ubol, 61, whose name has also appeared as Camnong Bual Ubol, was extradited to Chicago and charged with one count of aggravated criminal sexual assault Thursday, the Chicago Tribune reports.
He was ordered held on $5 million bail at Cook County Circuit Court Friday.
The Chicago-based Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) alerted police to the allegations that Ubol sexually assaulted an underage girl while working at the Wat Dhammaram temple in unincorporated Stickney Township, Ill.
The girl had gaven birth at the age of 15 and a DNA test performed in 2010 proved that the monk had fathered the baby, according to the Tribune.
Cook County Sheriff's spokesman Frank Bilecki told CBS Chicago that Ubol left the Chicago area after that paternity test.
"They followed a trail from leads from various temples, and other people coming forward, saying they had either seen him or had heard from him," Bilecki said.
The FBI found Ubol in Alaska in May and arrested him there, holding him in an Anchorage prison, the Chicago Sun-Times previously reported. Prior to that, Ubol was reportedly working at the Wat Buddhavipassana Temple in Long Beach, Calif.
In a Thursday statement, SNAP applauded Ubol's extradition to Chicago.
"We are grateful to the brave survivors who spoke out about Camnong Boa Ubol and the abuse they suffered at his hands," the statement read. "Without their courage, he would likely still be victimizing young girls without regret or repercussion."
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