A 41-year-old Catholic priest has been arrested in Kannur for allegedly sexually assaulting the 21-year-old seminary student here.
Father James Thekemuriyil, a former Rector of the Deva Matha seminar at the Pattaram in Iritty, had allegedly sexually assaulted a student in May 2015, police said.
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However the student had made complained to the church, he was forced by him to withdraw his complaint, police said.
The priest was later removed as Rector & was in Bengaluru.
The student, who later left for the Ranchi for higher studies, was physically assaulted by the priest and by some others following which he personally appeared before police & have filed a complaint.
Based on the complaint, police took James into a custody and have brought him to Irrity & arrested him earlier this week.
A case under sect 377 (unnatural offense), sect 342 (wrongful confinement) & 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC had been registered against the priest, police said.
He was made before a local court which remanded him to the judicial custody.