Priest Faces Charges in Sex Assault

By David Weber
Boston Herald
August 7, 2004

A Catholic priest who allegedly molested a teenage girl inside Our Lady of the Presentation Church was arraigned yesterday in Brighton District Court on three counts of indecent assault and battery.

Police arrested the Rev. Varrghese Pereppadan, a visiting priest from India, yesterday after church officials notified authorities about the girl's allegation.

"Upon receipt of the allegation, the faculties granted to Rev. Pereppadan were immediately revoked and he was removed from public ministry and from the parish residence," the Rev. Christopher Coyne said.

Judge Annette Forde set bail at $500 cash for Pereppadan, who had been studying in Cambridge and working at the church since last October.

A spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley said the Archdiocese of Boston was cooperating fully with the criminal investigation.


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