Kerala Priest arrested for misbehaving with girl
Police have arrested Pondson John, a priest attached to the Syrian Orthodox Church in Pathanamthitta district for allegedly misbehaving with a 17-year-old girl on Thursday.
According to a police official, the arrest of the priest has been recorded and the remaining procedures are on. The arrest was based on a complaint of a schoolgirl who confided to her friend about the incident. Her friend, in turn, informed the school authorities.
Later, the school authorities informed the local Child Line officials who got in touch with the local police, who after a preliminary probe took the priest into custody.
The Women’s Police Station officials took into the custody of the 34-year-old Pondson John from his residence.
According to the complaint, the teenager was taken for counselling to the residence of the priest on March 12. Under the pretext of counselling, the priest misbehaved with the young girl.
The next day, the priest reached the house of the girl and again he repeated the offence. The priest will be produced before a local court later in the day, said the police.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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