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Former Priest and Alameda Resident Accused of Child Molestation Freed From Irish Jail

Patrick Joseph McCabe, 77, was given his freedom over the weekend based on his age, statements of contrition and the fact that he had served 21 months of a maximum 2-year sentence, according to an AP report.

A former Catholic priest with Alameda ties has been released from jail in Ireland after pleading guilty to several child-abuse charges there, according to Associated Press.

Patrick Joseph McCabe, 77, was given his freedom over the weekend based on his age, statements of contrition and the fact that he had served 21 months of a maximum 2-year sentence, the AP report said.

McCabe was tracked down in Alameda, where he was living and working, and he was extradited to Ireland in 2011 to face charges that he had sexually abused two young boys there in the early 1970s and 1980s, according to the AP.

The report also says that McCabe was working as an administrator at the Water's Edge Lodge nursing home on Island Drive when he was located in September 2007 and Alameda detectives initially questioned him about the allegations.

Two Irish police officers also visited Alameda and interviewed him before he was extradited to Ireland in June 2011.

To read the full AP report, click here.

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