DUBLIN — A defrocked Irish priest who was extradited from Brazil with British help has appeared in a Dublin court charged with ۵۵ counts of sexually abusing ۱۸ children.
The judge ordered ۷۲-year-old Peter Kennedy held without bail Wednesday in Dublin's Cloverhill Prison until his next court appearance Feb. ۸.
Kennedy fled to England in ۲۰۰۲ after his accusers told police he had molested them when they were children from ۱۹۶۸ to ۱۹۸۴.
The church removed Kennedy from the priesthood in ۲۰۰۳ by which time he had emigrated to Brazil using his British passport. The church that year paid one of Kennedy's accusers euro۳۲۵,۰۰۰ ($۴۲۵,۰۰۰) in damages, the biggest abuse settlement reported in Ireland.
Brazil deported Kennedy to England Dec. ۲۶. He was returned to Dublin Jan. ۱۸.