Church sex scandal: One of the accused priests surrender before police
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Church sex scandal: One of the accused priests surrender before police

One of the Orthodox priests, accused in the sex scandal case of exploiting a married woman by blackmailing her of revealing her confession secret, surrendered before police on Thursday.

Fr. Job Mathew, the second accused in the case, surrendered before the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Kollam. The Kerala High Court on Wednesday had dismissed anticipatory bail applications filed by three priests, after observing that their arrests could not be stopped as prima face there was evidence against them.

A married teacher had, in her statement to the police, alleged that she was blackmailed by four priests over a secret 'confession' she had made in a church and sexually assaulted by them over years. Her husband had first approached the Orthodox Church in May this year with a formal complaint demanding the defrocking of the priests.

The Church placed the four priests under suspension, and formed an inquiry panel to conduct a probe. By then, an audio clip of a phone conversation between the woman's husband and a friend about the scandal was leaked on social media, resulting in the police registering a case. UNI