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Golden Buddha statue (AP file photo)

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BEDFORD PARK, Ill. (WBBM) – A protest was planned Sunday morning at a Buddhist temple in the near southwest suburbs, where a former monk is accused in a civil suit of fathering the child of a 14-year-old girl.

The group protesting: the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests – which usually targets alleged abusers in the Roman Catholic church.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller reports

SNAP President Barbara Blaine says the group has been passing out fliers to members of the Wat Dhammaram Buddhist temple, at 7059 W. 75th St. in Bedford Park.

“We’re outside the Theravada Buddhist temple… where a monk named Camnong Boa-Ubol had sexually abused a teenage girl he met in the neighborhood. He began abusing her when she was 13,” Blaine said.

Blaine also said that Boa-Ubol fathered a child with the girl when she was 14.

A civil lawsuit has been filed against the temple, accusing officials of trying to cover up abuse and transferring the monk to another temple in California.

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