The Diocese of Winona says a Blue Earth priest has been placed on administrative leave after he was charged with sexually assaulting a young girl.
Bishop John Quinn said in a statement that Rev. Leo Koppala is not allowed to minister in the Winona diocese while the investigation continues.
A criminal complaint filed in Faribault County accuses Koppala of fondling an 11 year old girl last week at the home of her grandmother where he had been invited to dinner. The 47 year old priest serves the Catholic Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Blue Earth.
Koppala is currently in the Faribault County Jail.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press says Koppala also raises funds online for orphans in his native India.