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Former California priest accused of kid intercourse abuse arrested in Newport

NEWPORT, RI (WPRI) – A former priest who was accused by several people of sexually abusing them as children was arrested in Rhode Island on Wednesday.

Christopher Cunningham has been a licensed clinical psychologist in Newport since 2013, according to the RI State Police.

He was wanted by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for multiple indecent acts on a child in incidents that allegedly occurred between 1995 and 1997.

According to police, at least six people have charged Cunningham with child sexual abuse. Five have filed civil lawsuits against him for being abused in parishes in Palmdale, Redondo Beach and Covina from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s.

Cunningham has been tried in the Kent County Supreme Court, and police say arrangements are being made to bring him back to California to bring charges.

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