Ex-priest to be extradited from Kansas to Texas

LAWRENCE, KS John M. Fiala, 51, said Tuesday during a Douglas County Court hearing that he was willing to be sent to Texas.

Fiala is wanted in Edwards County, Texas, on four counts of sex crimes against children. He was arrested Sept. 3 in Lawrence and was being held in the Douglas County jail on $100,000 bond.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that Fiala was removed from the priesthood in 2008 after the allegations in Texas surfaced.

Fiala had served as a priest in Shawnee and Holton, Kan., and also worked in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., from 1998 to 2001.

No sexual abuse charges have been filed against Fiala in Kansas or Missouri.

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