A Bay Area priest accused of sexual violence did not appear in court on Monday, and a judge issued an arrest warrant against him.
Varghese Alengadan, 67, known as "Father George", was charged last week for allegedly inappropriately touching a woman in July 2019 for a number of sexual assault.
He was due to appear before the Alameda County Supreme Court on Monday for his indictment, but never showed up, prosecutors told Mercury News.
Alameda County judge Colin Bowen issued an arrest warrant with only one cent bail for the coronavirus pandemic. Due to the declining population in prison, only inmates are held who have been accused of serious and violent crime.
The Oakland diocese released him from service when the police opened an investigation into possible sexual misconduct and he was released from his position in the St. Joseph Basilica in Alameda in December, the newspaper said. Alengadan was later removed from his home in a rectory of the diocese.
In a letter to parishioners in February, Oakland Diocese Chancellor Stephen Wilcox said the allegations of wrongdoing were "sexual in nature with current and former female employees."
The Associated Press was unable to immediately find a phone number for Alengadan and it was unclear whether he was represented by a lawyer.