Bangladesh – Police say prominent priest had string of relationships
The mysterious disappearance of a Bangladeshi priest just days before Pope Francis visited the country has taken a new turn, reported ucanews.com.
Police suspected that Fr Walter William Rozario had been kidnapped by radical Muslims when they found his abandoned motorbike and discovered that his mobile phone was switched off. But ucanews.com reported their investigation revealed that the 41-year-old priest had allegedly been involved in a string of relationships with women and at least one girl under 18, the age of consent in Bangladesh.
“From our interrogation and findings, I can confirm that five women and an underage girl had illicit and physical relationships with the priest. One of those who admitted having an illicit affair with the priest was a girl aged 17 who was studying in college,” Inspector Saikat Hasan of Boraigram police told ucanews.com.
Fr Rozario, then assistant parish priest at Maria Virgo Potens Church and acting headmaster of church-run St Louis High School in Borni, was involved in preparatory work for the pope’s visit when he went missing on 27th November. Police found the priest in Sylhet, about 250 miles away, on 1st December after he reportedly escaped from his abductors and called his brother for help.
But the next day Natore’s police chief told a press briefing that Fr Rozario had not been abducted but had sought to be on his own to escape psychological distress.
During four days of searching for the priest, Boraigram police questioned about 20 people, including 11 women and several underage girls, based on information they found on two laptops and several SIM cards retrieved from the priest’s rooms.
Picture: Fr Walter William Rozario is pictured on 12th March outside Good Shepherd Cathedral in Rajshahi, Bangladesh. (CNS photo/courtesy ucanews.com).