Priest arrested for abusing handicapped parishioner

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13 July 2004 , MADRID — A priest has been arrested in Madrid for allegedly abusing a blind and handicapped parishioner, police said Tuesday.

13 July 2004

MADRID — A priest has been arrested in Madrid for allegedly abusing a blind and handicapped parishioner, police said Tuesday.

The 60-year-old woman had allegedly been abused by the priest for some time.

The Archbishop of Madrid has suspended the 48-year-old's priest as a "precautionary" measure.

Police arrested the priest late Monday, who has not been named, after the alleged victim and another 'witness' claimed he had touched her and asked her to masturbate him.

The priest works in the parish of San Joaquin in the capital.

Church officials in the parish declined to comment.

But a spokesman for the Archbishop of Madrid confirmed the priest had been suspended "but without prejudicing the facts of the case and with the presumption of innocence."

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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