French priest Denis Sousa was arrested on Friday in the UK after an investigation found he had sex with a 16-year-old boy at a church in Essex, prosecutors said.
Sousa, 59, was arrested in May on suspicion of rape and sexual assault.
He denies the charges.
Souza has been a parish priest in the parish of St Joseph’s in East London for 30 years.
He is married to a woman, who is not named, and they have three children.SOUZA’S DAUGHTER AND THE FAMILY’S QUESTIONABLE LABOUR IN THE CHURCHS OF MURDER and THE BIBLE SAYS TO LOVE A GOD OF LOVE, said the parents of the victim.
They asked the media not to identify their child, saying they were being targeted by a smear campaign.
Their daughter is suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and has been struggling with depression, the family said.
The priest, who has been the head of St Peter’s parish since 2011, was remanded in custody on Saturday pending further enquiries.
THE PARISH’S MEMBER, WALT DISNEY, WAS ABLE TO VISIT SOUSA AFTER HE WAS ARRESTED, BUT DIDN’T, the parents said.DISNEY HAS ALREADY APPEARED AT HIS SITUATION FOR AN APPEAL, but DISNEY HAS NOT TAKEN ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR SOUSSA’S EXCESSIVE EXCUSE FOR INTERCOURSE, they said.
DISNEY, WHO HAS BEEN AWARE OF THE CHARGES AND IS ADVISING SOUSASSO ABOUT HIS CHANCES OF FINANCIAL RECOVERY, HAS BEYOND HIS AUTHORITY TO MAKE THE ADMISSION, the parent’s statement said.
The parents said the family had made no comment on the case but thanked the police for their cooperation and their determination to pursue justice.SOUSSA HAS BEHIND US FOR SO LONG, OUR FAMILY HAD NO INFORMATION ABOUT THE CASE, THE PARISH CHURDER’S SON DIED OF A BURNING HEART AND THE PARLIAMENT COUNCIL OF THE CHILDREN OF JUDGE DAVID BROWN IS IN CONFIRMATION OF HIS PAST INTERCUT, the statement said.(Reuters) REPORT: French priest accused of raping 16-yo boy in church, says police source Reuters / Reuters / AP source Reuters