Reporting Bernie Tafoya
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MAYWOOD, Ill. (CBS) — A former Buddhist priest from the southwest suburbs has been brought back to the Chicago area to face charges he sexually assaulted a teenage girl.
As WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports, Camnong Bual Ubol, 61 – whose name has also appeared as Camnong Boa-Ubol – flew back to the Chicago area from Alaska overnight with two Cook County sheriff’s investigators.
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Sheriff’s spokesman Frank Bilecki said Ubol fled the area after a paternity test turned up positive that he had fathered a teenager’s child.
“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.
Barbara Blaine of the Survivors’ Network of Those Abused by Priests told WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller last year that Ubol began sexually abusing the girl when she was 13.
Blaine contacted sheriff’s police in October, and detectives discovered that a paternity test had shown that Ubol did father a child with the teenage girl. But the test was taken in 2010 and never turned over to authorities.
At the time, Sheriff’s police could not find Ubol. They learned that his last known address was the Wat Buddhavipassana Temple in Long Beach, Calif., but had been removed from that temple and was living in Anchorage, Alaska.
After sheriff’s police obtained a warrant, the FBI arrested Ubol in May at LSG Sky Chef in Anchorage, where he had been working as a dishwasher. His return to Cook County to face charges was delayed because he fought extradition.
The sheriff’s police had asked that Ubol be held without bond, but a $30,000 cash bond with a third-party custodian requirement was ultimately set.