Another priest arrested in sexual assault case
Kottayam: Fr Johnson V Mathew, a priest of Malankara Orthodox church accused in the rape and sexual abuse of a married woman, was arrested by a crime branch team on Friday. Fr Johnson, a Kozhencherry native and third accused in the case, was arrested from his residence. The accused was presented before Thiruvalla magistrate and was remanded for 14 days in judicial custody. Fr Johnson faces charges under Section 354 of IPC (molestation). Unlike the other three accused priests who were slapped with Sections 376 (rape), Fr Johnson who belongs to the Thumpamon diocese of the Orthodox church has not been charged with rape.