Indian court bails British missionary accused of sex abuse

UCA News

August 24, 2020

Tribal boy files police complaint against founder of Odisha shelter for poor children

A court in the eastern Indian state of Odisha has granted bail to a British missionary who was arrested on charges of sexually abusing a tribal boy.

John Patrick Bridge, a UK citizen, was arrested on Aug. 20 in Jharsuguda where he runs a residential institute for poor tribal children, superintendent of police PR Rahul told reporters.

“There are several small sects working in the diocese as well as in the state and since they don’t come under the Catholic diocese we have no control over them. We have very limited knowledge about their activities and we don’t interfere with their work,” Father Bartholomeo Bilung, vicar general of Sambalpur Diocese, told UCA News.

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