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Catholic priest charged with sexual assault of minor in Manning

A Catholic priest from Manning has been charged with sexual assault and sexual interference involving a minor.

59 year old Abraham Azhakathu was arrested on March 8th, and has been released under strict conditions that he not be alone with anyone under the age of 16 years old and live in Alberta but not in Manning.

The victim alleges that the assaults occurred during 2013 when the accused was practicing in Manning.

No further details, including the minor’s age or sex or the nature of the incidents is being released by RCMP.

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At this point it in unknown if there are any other victims.

The police investigation is ongoing, and Azhakathu will first appear in court on Monday, March 17th.

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