- Associated Press - Friday, June 13, 2014

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - A three-person team of clergymen is taking over duties in the Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks of a priest who is on administrative leave and under investigation by the FBI.

The diocese announced May 23 that the investigation into the Rev. Clint Landry, parish priest of Sacred Heart Cathedral, involves church computers and the Internet, but it released no other details. Landry has not been charged, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (https://bit.ly/1joER9Z) reported.

The three-member team began filling in May 28, Rosenberg said. It consists of the Rev. Kasparaj Mallavarapu of the St. Raphael and hospital parishes; the Rev. Nelson Marilag of the Barrow, Filipino and Fairbanks Correctional Center ministries; and the Rev. Balasamy Gangarapu.

The priests are covering ministries at Sacred Heart Cathedral, the Spanish Ministry, the Filipino Ministry, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Barrow and St. Raphael’s Catholic Church.

Diocese human resources director Ronnie Rosenberg on Friday said she could not give out a phone number for Landry but would pass on a request for comment if he could be reached.

“I believe he would not want to comment,” she said.

Sacred Heart is the largest Fairbanks Catholic congregation. About 1,000 people attend Sunday services.

Landry is the second Fairbanks priest to be placed on administrative leave this year.

Father Sean P. Thomson, 52, was charged March 25 with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, refusal to take a chemical alcohol test, drugs misconduct, possession of a firearm while intoxicated and failing to immediately inform Alaska State Troopers that he was carrying a firearm.

Troopers said Thomson was arrested after he was spotted driving into an oncoming lane of the Parks Highway near McKinley Village. He was assigned to the University of Alaska Fairbanks before he was suspended.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, https://www.newsminer.com


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