Priest charged with engaging in sexual activities with a minor

Times of Malta

September 3, 2020

By Matthew Xuereb

Claims he was blackmailed by girl, aged 15

A priest has claimed blackmail as he was charged with defiling a 15-year-old girl with whom he was having a sexual relationship for the past four years.

The 40-year-old priest, whose name cannot be published by court order, pleaded not guilty to engaging in sexual activities with the woman when she was still a minor. The sexual activities allegedly took place in June 2017 when the girl was still 15.

As he stood in court wearing a black suit and the priesthood’s white collar, the priest pleaded not guilty to defiling the girl and to participating in sexual activities with her.

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