Santiago: The Chilean government has decided to deport an Irish priest who was convicted last year of sexually abusing a young girl, the interior ministry said Friday.
The priest, John O`Reilly, was sentenced to four years` probation in November for repeatedly molesting the girl from the time she was five.
The abuse took place from 2010 to 2012 at an exclusive school where O`Reilly was the spiritual advisor at the time.
The interior ministry said it was revoking O`Reilly`s permanent residency and that he would have to leave the country after completing his sentence in 2018.
The decision can be appealed to the Supreme Court.
O`Reilly, 69, was once an influential figure in Chile as the local head of the Catholic Church`s ultra-conservative Legion of Christ order.
He arrived in Chile in 1984 and was granted citizenship in 2008 -- but had it revoked in March by Congress.
The Legion of Christ has been beset by accusations of sexual abuse.
The order`s founder, Mexican-born Marcial Maciel, stepped down in 2005 amid allegations of pedophilia and fathering several children. He died in 2008.