Thursday, March 14, 2013

Pastor from India arrested for sexually harassing young girls

A local pastor was arrested on a complaint by his wife that he had sexually harassed minor girls and misused church funds at Peenya.

Pastor Shantaraju of Bethel Church, who has been absconding after his wife Priyalatha registered a police complaint against him, was apprehended while he was in transit, police said.

The 45-year old pastor's wife alleged he had mentally and physically harassed her and had illicit relations and exploited minors.

She also claimed the pastor and some of his family members had threatened her if she dared to speak up against him.

Police had registered charges of harassment and criminal intimidation. The other charges are being investigated.

The pastor, who has filed a divorce petition, had earlier denied the charges and claimed they were only a method adopted by his wife to get hold of the church property.

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