THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A day after rejected the anticipatory bail plea of three priests from the Malankara Orthodox Church accused of rape and serial sexual abuse of a married woman belonging to the fold, Fr Job Mathew, second accused in the case, turned himself in to the police on Thursday.

The crime branch team conducting the probe recorded his arrest in . He was slapped with sections 376 (rape) and 354 (molestation) of IPC and was remanded in judicial custody. Fr Job is accused of sexually exploiting the woman after blackmailing her using information she divulged to him during confession.

According to crime branch officials in Kollam district, the tainted priest ed the investigation officer DSP Josey Cherian on phone and informed him that he was waiting a few kilometres away from the DSP‘s office.

The other accused in the case are Fr Sony Varghese, Fr Jaise K George and Fr Johnson V Mathew. The anticipatory bail pleas of Sony Varghese and Jaise K George were rejected by HC on Wednesday. tnn

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