Church where priest allegedly raped underage girl was vandalised – See photos

Vandalism of the church in Kato Patisia

The church of Agios Dimitrios Oplon in Kato Patisia, where the 37-year-old priest, who is accused of raping a minor girl and child pornography, was vandalised.

On Friday night, paint was thrown at the entrance of the church.

It is recalled that the 37-year-old priest was prosecuted, while with the decision of Archbishop Ieronymos, the clergyman was automatically suspended.

At the same time, the Archdiocese has already started the process of referring him to the ecclesiastical justice system.

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The other pastor of Agios Dimitrios Oplon Church answered questions about the accusations faced by the 37-year-old priest in Kato Patisia for the rape of the 17-year-old.

In speaking to Proto Thema, Father Agathangelos emphasised that the accused is an impeccable family man who had never given suspicions about his activities and had excellent relations with the youth of the area.

“He is a priest who helped and supported the young people of the area. We had never realised anything related to what is being heard now,” said the pastor of the church.

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He also commented on the accusations.

“I hear that what is being reported happened inside the church. The priest never lived alone with children in the church,” he said.

“There is always someone in the church. The door of the office is permanently open and everyone has access to the space,” explained Father Agathangelos.

He also emphasised that the accused priest was always with groups of children and not individually with them.

At the same time, he pointed out that the accusations against the 37-year-old priest are very serious and should be investigated based on specific evidence in order to punish the perpetrator.

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