Rapid City priest accused of sexual contact with a child bonds out of jail

Anonymous source pays $10,000 cash bond

RAPID CITY, S.D. – One day after a Pennington County Judge lowered the bond for a Catholic priest accused of sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl, Father John Praveen has bonded out of jail.

According to Brad Blauvelt, the man who offered to house the priest in his Piedmont home, says Praveen bonded out Thursday morning.

Judge Robert Mandel ruled Wednesday to lower the bond from $100,000 to $10,000 cash.

The money was raised and paid by an anonymous source, says Blauvelt.

Blauvelt says there is controversy surrounding his choice to house the priest in his home. He says he has “extremely angry neighbors” out of the “fear people have of someone accused of something inappropriate.”

Blauvelt says he does “not regret in the slightest” his decision to offer his home to Praveen.

Praveen is ordered to wear electronic monitoring and will only be allowed travel to his attorney and doctor’s office for thyroid disease treatment.

In an effort to help alleviate some of his neighbors’ fears, Blauvelt has offered to take a leave of absence from work to stay home with Praveen full time.

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