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Priest claims blackmail as he’s banned from saying mass over alleged sexual relationship with teen

Priest claims blackmail as he’s banned from saying mass over alleged sexual relationship with teen


A priest who’s in courtroom in Malta over an alleged sexual relationship with a teenage woman has been suspended from saying mass and administering sacraments.

The punishment comes because the priest’s attorneys declare that the 40-year-old was being blackmailed by {the teenager}, who was not permitting him to finish the consensual relationship. 

The sexual actions allegedly date again to June 2017, when the woman was 15 years previous – beneath the age of consent in Malta. The Instances of Malta is reporting that the connection lasted round two-and-a-half years. 

This priest’s attorneys advised the courtroom that the woman instructed the priest to get her pregnant, depart the priesthood and marry her. She additionally threatened to report him to the archbishop, the police, and his dad and mom.

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The prosecution confirmed the blackmail, including that the priest was in a vicious cycle he couldn’t get away of.

An inspector investigating the case mentioned {the teenager} advised the police the pair had carried out varied sexual actions with one another, however had not had sexual activity. The priest was charged with committing the offences within the few months earlier than the woman turned 16, which is the age of consent within the Mediterranean nation.

The courtroom has positioned a ban on the publication of the priest’s identify, in addition to {the teenager}’s, together with different particulars that might reveal their identities.

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