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Priest held for sexually assaulting minor in Kerala's Pathanamthitta

Updated on: 17 March,2022 04:13 PM IST  |  Pathanamthitta

The accused has been identified as Pondson John connected with St Mary's Syrian Orthodox Church

Priest held for sexually assaulting minor in Kerala's Pathanamthitta

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A 35-year-old orthodox church priest was on Thursday arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a minor girl at Koodal here, police said.

The girl was taken to the priest to counsel her as she was distracted from her studies and some people had said that he can help with that.

The accused misbehaved with her twice at two different locations, they said.

The first incident took place at her home where the priest took her inside a room, closed the door and misbehaved with her. However, the girl did not reveal anything to anyone.

Subsequently, the priest called the girl to his residence where he sexually abused and molested her.

After the second incident, the victim told a friend, who informed the school authorities, they added.
The school authorities complained on the Child Line through whom the police was informed and the priest was arrested. 

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