Kochi : Kerela cops on Tuesday jailed a 41-year-old fugitive Catholic priest in Kochi on the charge of repeatedly raping a teen for more than four months when he was attached with the Kottapuram diocese in north Kerala.
Police stated Dad Edwin Figarez was on the run for the past 6 months, since he was accused of paedophilia and sexually abusing a 15-year-old lady, who he had actually fulfilled at the church throughout prayers.
The crime was exposed when the woman’s school observed behavioural modifications in her and she informed her parents about the terrible ordeal. Her parents right away began police and a medical checkup confirmed the sexual abuse.
A policeman said the class 9 student was mistreated till March 28, four months because the torment began.
The priest fled to Dubai in April after the authorities problem was filed versus him and appealed for bail at the Kerala high court, which initially granted his wish till May 5. He was questioned by police after he went back to India on May 2.
But after the high court rejected his bail plea on May 6, he again fled. On Tuesday early morning, he surrendered before cops in Kochi and stated he was all along hiding in Bengaluru.
The Kottapuram diocese initially dismissed the accusations versus the priest but suspended him after police confirmed the charges.