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HT Correspondent
Siliguri, July 25, 2013
Two persons, including a priest and a pastor, were arrested on Tuesday night for allegedly sexually abusing a minor girl, an inmate of an orphanage, for the last three years. Subsequently, their bail pleas were rejected and they were remanded in jail custody for 14 days. Police said that the girl was rescued on Tuesday night with the help of an NGO.

The accused, identified as Father George Samuel (52) and Pastor Johnson ED (39), who have two children each, also used to take regular Bible classes at the orphanage.

The victim (16) was brought to the orphanage eight years ago after her mother died. Her father was an alcoholic.

On Monday night, an aunt of the girl came to the orphanage and told the officials that she wanted to take the teenager home.

When the officials refused to grant permission, the woman gave a written undertaking and took the girl away.

Immediately afterwards, the police came and arrested George and Johnson.

The girl, in her complaint, said that the duo was sexually and mentally abusing her for the last three years.

George used to stay in the orphanage at Agam Singh Nagar while Johnson used to stay at a rented house nearby.

Sara Chako, who is attached to the orphanage, said, “This is the first time such an allegation was levelled against the duo.”

She also pointed out that the victim was the only one to bring such a charge.