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American priest in East Timor embroiled in abuse scandal

AP  |  Dili (East Timor) 

A says an American missionary who was a hero in for founding children's shelters that have operated for more than two decades has been expelled from his Catholic congregation after admitting to sexual abuse of minors.

Media reports about the scandal have stunned East Timorese.

The of Dili, Virglio do Carmo da Silva, told reporters on Sunday that was expelled from the church last year and was no longer a

Daschbach first came to 1966 when it was a Portuguese colony.

In 1992 he founded "Guide To Life" children's homes in Oe-Kusi Ambeno, an East Timorese enclave in the Indonesian-controlled western half of

A family member in the US said Daschbach left Oe-last year but later returned.

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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 18:40 IST