Church sexual abuse Indonesia
Title: Cops nab Indonesian church worker for molesting altar boys
Author: Ryan Dagur
Publisher: Herald Malaysia
A church worker in Indonesia has been charged with sexually abusing at least 20 altar boys in what is being touted as the first sexual abuse case involving the country’s Catholic Church to be prosecuted by state authorities.
The 42-year-old man, who was not named by police, is a liturgical coordinator at St. Herkulanus Catholic Parish in Bogor Diocese in Depok, West Java province.
He was arrested on June 14 following complaints from the alleged victims’ families and an investigation conducted by the parish and the diocese.
Many of the alleged victims were just 11 or 12 years old.
Azas Tigor Nainggolan, a lawyer for the families, said police and a church team were investigating to see if there were more victims.
“We suspect there are more than 20 victims given that he has worked for a long time as an acolyte assistant,” he said on June 17.
The man is said to have been associating with altar boys in the parish since 2000 when he became a church volunteer. He was appointed as coordinator of the liturgical section in February this year.
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