Church Sex Scandal : Another Accused Priest Arrested, Confesses To Crime

Pathanamthitta : The third accused in the sensational sex scandal that rocked Malankara Syrio-Malabar church in the district, has been nabbed from his hiding in Kozhenchery and arrested.

Fr Johnson V Mathew was housed at a relative’s house in Thekkemala  and has confessed to crime, said police.

Fr Johnson is accused of forcing the alleged victim into his car and touching her inappropriately after threatening to have her nude pictures flashed.

Fr Johnson is the 3rd accused and the only priest who is exempted from rape charges in the case.

Meanwhile hunt for 2 absconding priests has been intensifed, said police.

The Scandal
A man from Pathanamthitta lodged complaint against  five priests belonging to Malankara Syrian orthodox church in the district for sexually exploiting his wife by blackmailing her over years.

According to the complaint, the woman was abused by one priest  when she was a minor. She allegedly confessed this pre-marital encounter to 2nd accused Father Job Mathew during sacrament of confession. He then allegedly began to blackmail her with the disclosure and coerced her to have sex with him.

Then blackmailing the woman with pictures of their intimacy, the priest allegedly forced her to bed three other priests – 1st accused Fr Sony Varghese, 3rd accused Fr Abraham Varghese  and 4th accused Fr Jayce K George.

 Fr Johnson V Mathew arrested today  is accused of once blackmailing the woman using her nude pics and forcing her into his car after which he touched her inappropriately. He is the 5th accused and the only priest exempted from rape charges.

All accused priests maintain their innocence though unconfirmed reports say the ones nabbed have confessed to their crime.

Three priests have been arrested so far while 2 – Fr  Abraham Varghese aka Sony and Fr Jayce K George – continue to abscond.

Church Decries Foul
The Malankara Syrian orthodox church’s working committee member and priests’ trustee Father M O John argues the case is not genuine. According to the clergy it’s about a woman who has an affair with a priest in her teens and with another who works in the parish.

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