Pretoria priest held on sex abuse charges

2014-02-17 09:56
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Pretoria - A Catholic priest in Pretoria has been arrested for sexually abusing a minor, despite the family being initially reluctant to lay charges.

The priest was arrested last week on charges relating to inappropriate conduct with a minor, the chancellor of the Archbishop of Pretoria, Father Robert Mphiwe, told the Pretoria News.
 
The family was initially reluctant to lay a charge but after receiving assistance from Mphiwe, went to the police.

The church has also started its own investigation.

A German Catholic priest was arrested last year and appeared in the Brits Magistrate's Court for charges relating to sexually abusing children.

The global Catholic church organisation has for years come under fire for protecting priests accused of abusing children.

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