Pastor arrested for harassment of minor girls

Last Updated: Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 21:48

Bangalore: A local church pastor was on Saturday arrested on a complaint by his wife that he sexually harassed minor girls and misused church funds at Peenya.
Pastor Shantaraju of Bethel Church, who has been absconding
after his wife Priyalatha registered a police complaint
against him, was nabbed while he was in transit, police said.

The 45-year old pastor`s wife alleged he had mentally and
physically harassed her and had illicit affairs and had
exploited minors.

She also claimed that the pastor and some of his family
members had threatened her if she dared to speak up against
him.

Police had registered charges of harassment and criminal
intimidation. The other charges are being investigated.

The pastor, who has filed a divorce petition, had earlier
denied the charges and claimed they were only a method adopted
by his wife to gain hold of the church property.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 21:48
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