REDMOND — After substantiated allegations of sexual abuse of a minor, the Diocese of Baker has removed a priest who had been serving in eastern Oregon since 2014.

The accusations against Father Papa Rao Pasala date from 2001, when he was serving in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. The statute of limitations in Oklahoma has expired, so criminal proceedings cannot go ahead. Father Pasala has been returned to his home Diocese of Nellore in southern India where he will face further disciplinary action by the bishop there.

The Baker Diocese was notified of the allegations Dec. 6 by the Oklahoma City Archdiocese. Bishop Liam Cary immediately removed Father Pasala from St. Patrick Parish in Heppner and St. William in Ione, where he had been posted for five years. The priest’s ministry is suspended and he will no longer be allowed to serve in the United States.

Father Richard Fischer, vicar general of the Diocese of Baker, said there have not been accusations against Father Pasala from his time in the Baker Diocese.

Anyone with information about crimes and violations from 2014 until now is urged to contact civil authorities and Leah Bickett, child protection officer of the Diocese of Baker, at 541-388-4004.