Accused of drugging and abusing a woman, a 65-year-old Catholic priest was found guilty by a jury, after a trial in which he defended himself, and swore he was innocent of the accusations in Miami, United States (US).
Local media replicated this Saturday the case of Father Jean Claude Philippe, who was assigned to the Catholic parish of the Sacred Heart, in Homestead, south of Miami, when in 2018 the events happened for which he was now tried.
Before the jury found him guilty, the priest took the stand to defend himself and admitted that he invited the woman to his home in the church rectory in October 2018.
Too acknowledged that he was with her in bed and gave her an oil massageHey, the woman only had her underwear on, but denied having drugged her with a tea and abusing her as the victim claims.
The priest also denied having penetrated the woman with his finger and claimed that she rather wanted to force him to do so.
The jury did not believe his version and after two hours of deliberations, on Friday, the priest of a sexual assault in the second degree, a crime for which you can be sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Judge Carmen Cabarga, who will deliver a sentence in the coming weeks, He was denied bail, after the priest swore by God in court that he was innocent.
“This is between you and your God and I respect that, but I have to take him into custody today,” the judge told Jean Claude Phillipe, according to The Miami Herald.