JAMAICA OBSERVER: A Roman Catholic priest accused of raping and abducting a 12-year-old girl at his church premises in St Catherine is expected to be formally charged in the coming days.
OBSERVER ONLINE understands that the incident reportedly happened last March but was not reported until last month. The child is said to have been a member of the church for several years.
The priest was reportedly pointed out by the child during an Identification Parade on Monday. He is expected to be charged with sexual intercourse with a person under 16 years, sexual touching of a child, grievous sexual assault and abduction of a child under 16 years.
According to reports, the priest allegedly took the child to his house after service where he sexually assaulted her. It is further alleged that about two weeks later, the priest fondled the child’s rear.
On Saturday, June 24, 2023, the matter was reported to the police, and an investigation launched. The priest was subsequently placed on the ID parade, where he was pointed out.
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