32-year-old priest absconding over harassment of minor girl arrested

Fr Sibi Varghese
Fr Sibi Varghese

Aluva: The police arrested a priest on the charges of sexually harassing a minor girl.

An Aluva rural police team led by Crime Branch Deputy Superintendent of Police V Rajeev arrested Fr Sibi Varghese, 32, of Thundathumkadavu, Varapuzha.

He is the former assistant vicar of St Mary’s Magdalene Church at Maradu on the Kochi coast. He has been accused of sexually harassing a four-year-old who is the daughter of a woman known to him.

A case was registered on the basis of a complaint lodged by the woman.

Fr Varghese was on the run and reportedly hiding in various states after the registration of a sexual harassment case against him. 

After the arrest Fr Sibi was produced before court and sent to the sub-jail at Muvattupuzha.

Meanwhile, the Varapuzha Archdiocese stated that the priest had been suspended earlier.

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