KALPETTA: Kerala police on Tuesday arrested a priest accused of sexually abusing two boys at a summer camp on July 14. The arrest came after boys' parents lodged a complaint with Meenangadi police station in Kalpetta.
The accused identified as Father Saji alias Joseph (40) of Kottiyoor in Kannur was nabbed by a Kerala police special team from Mangaluru where he had gone into hiding after the parents of the children lodged the complaint.
The incident came into light on July 14 when parents of the two boys approached Childline after their wards aged 15 and 14 years revealed about the sexual abuse incidents to them.
The complaint alleged that the priest sexually abused the children while they were at a Balabhavan for summer course. The priest was working at the institution.
He was produced before the court and remanded in judicial custody. He has been charged with cases under POCSO, IPC 337 and Juvenile Justice Act.