A priest who was wanted by the Interpol for his alleged involved in a child abuse case in the United States was apprehended by a special team of the Erode police near Thalavadi on Friday evening.

According to State intelligence sources, Joseph Palanivel alias Jayapaul (57) of Ariyalur worked in a church in Udhagamandalam till 2004.

Later, he went to work in a church in Thief River Falls (Minnesota, U.S.) where Rev. Jayapaul was accused of abusing a minor girl.

Though a case was registered against him, the priest returned to India in 2005.

He will be taken to New Delhi from where the warrant was issued.

— Special Correspondent