Peravoor sexual abuse case: Priest confesses to crime

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Peravoor (Kannur): Fr. Robin Vadakkumchery (48), who was nabbed on Monday for abusing and impregnating a Plus One student, has confessed to the crime amidst reports of high level intervention to protect him.

The police are considering to register cases against the hospital authorities who concealed the girl's delivery and against those who tried to protect the priest.

Police said that Robin confessed to the crime during the questioning. The priest was taken to St. Sebastian's church to collect evidence.

Police had arrested Robin on Monday from Chalakudy after he went absconding when the incident became public. He was caught while trying to escape to Canada.

The girl had given birth to a baby boy at Christhu Raj hospital near Koothuparamba 20 days back. The hospital authorities did not inform the girl's relatives. They also did not follow the procedures that should be conducted in such cases.

Upon investigation, the police found the baby in an orphanage run by nuns at Vythiri in Wayanad. Police doubt that all the matters were concealed due to top level intervention.

Police will also probe whether the priest has abused more girls.

A police team led by Peravoor circle inspector N Sunil Kumar nabbed Fr. Robin Vadakkumchery, a priest at Neendunokki St. Sebastians Church in Kottiyoor. Fr. Vadakkumcherry is also the manager of IJM higher secondary school in Kottiyoor.

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