Girl sexually assaulted by priest

A Class VIII student was sexually assaulted by a church priest at a school in Hasthampatti here on Friday.

The incident came to light after the girl complained to her mother after returning home in the evening. The mother lodged a complaint with the Hasthampatti police late Friday night. On Saturday, District Child Protection Officer Devaki conducted an inquiry.

Ms. Devaki said the priest, Jeyaselan (64), was residing on the school premises. He took the girl to a car shed on the premises and allegedly assaulted her. Though the girl informed her teachers of the incident, no action was taken.

Police registered a case under Section 8 and 10 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.

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