Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Ex-pastor accused

Ex-pastor accused of raping, assaulting woman

St. George Antiochan Orthodox Cathedral at 30 Anna St., Worcester. (T&G Staff/CHRISTINE PETERSON)

By Bronislaus B. Kush and Scott J. Croteau TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF

The Very Rev. Charles Michael Abdelahad's home at 14 Bryant Road in Shrewsbury. (T&G Staff/CHRISTINE PETERSON)
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WORCESTER — The former longtime pastor of St. George Antiochan Orthodox Cathedral, 30 Anna St., is accused of raping and physically assaulting a 43-year-old woman.

The Very Rev. Charles Michael Abdelahad will be arraigned Friday in Central District Court on a single charge of rape, four counts of assault and battery, and five counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

A statement of facts on file in court states the Rev. Abdelahad beat the woman on different occasions dating back to 2007.

The priest allegedly bit and beat the victim during at least one assault. Detectives also allege he struck her with a religious icon and bat and scratched her on the stomach with keys.

In a criminal complaint, Detective Maureen M. Siedlecki accuses Rev. Abdelahad of pulling the victim's hair, slamming her head on the floor, sitting on her and punching her in the head during one alleged assault, according to court records.

No one answered the door at Rev. Abdelahad's house today.

Rev. Abdelahad allegedly bit the victim on her shoulders, underarms, thighs, legs, back, breasts, lips and jowls with his teeth, the detective wrote.

He also allegedly struck her with a replica wooden bat on her legs and knees along with hitting her on the head with a religious icon.

The rape charge stems from an alleged assault in which the priest forced the victim up against a wall, rubbed her inappropriately and sexually assaulted her, according to court records.

The incidents are alleged to have occurred at 30 Anna St., according to court documents.

Criminal complaints were issued this month after an investigation by the Worcester Police Department.

Parishioners said Rev. Abdelahad has been a priest for at least 20 years and left the parish last month.

1 comment:

Horan Paypah said...

You post this as though Father Michael did it. It's been months and nothing has happend except Father Michael's career is over. There's no trial, no proof, no nothing.

This man has no history of preditory behavior. People don't become rapists in their 50s. Anyone who has ever known a rape victim knows that.

False accusations do more harm than no accusations at all. It's crying wolf. There are real bad guys who wear clerical garb, this isn't one of them.

Keep in mind that most rapes and molestations are done within families and among friends. Unfortunately, we have victims and rapists all around us.

Wouldn't it be great if men shunned rapists from their midst? Wouldn't it be great if they didn't work with them, golf with them, and silently approve of them as fraternity brothers. It's easy to pick on accused priests. I guarantee you, Mr. Blogger, that you know rapists but do nothing to call them out!

What about you!