An­other priest ar­rested in sex­ual as­sault case

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION -

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.

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