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Thu, 11 Jul 2019 17:58 - Updated Thu, 11 Jul 2019 17:58

Congolese pastor arrested over sexual abuse

Luanda - Angolan police authorities arrested a Congolese pastor of the Church of Espirito Santo (IESA) on Wednesday in Luanda, accused of sexual abuse and having impregnated a teenage girl, according to a source at the National Police.

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Speaking to ANGOP, the PN source stated that the pastor, 39, belonged to an IESA congregation, located in the Salinas neighborhood, in the municipality of Belas, in Luanda.

The man confessed to the crime to the police authorities, after being detained.

According to the source, the incident occurred in December 2018 when the teenager's mother, a church believer, took the girl to the congregation for malaria treatment.

According to the source, the pastor asked the mother of the 16-year-old girl to put her in the church, but later the man took the teenager to his home, where he sexually assaulted her several times.

Seven months later, she added, the adolescent showed symptoms of gestation, which led the mother to make clinical tests in one of the hospitals in the capital.

After the medical examinations, it was confirmed that the teenager was pregnant.

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