23:03 GMT08 July 2020
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    A Catholic priest is facing sexual assault charges in relation to teenage boys after being wanted by police for almost five years, media reported Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Father Laurence Soper, 72, was arrested when he landed in Luton Airport on Sunday, after being detained in Kosovo under a European Arrest Warrant, the broadcaster Sky News reported.

    The priest is accused of assaulting five boys while a teacher at a school in Ealing, in west of London, during the period 1972-1986, the broadcaster added.

    Soper was initially arrested in 2010 and released on bail but he subsequently fled abroad, prompting an international search. He was arrested in Kosovo in May and is now due to appear at Ealing Magistrates' Court, the media outlet reported.

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