A Special Court last week sentenced a priest to imprisonment for life for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy at a church in suburban Dadar in Mumbai in 2015.

Special Judge Seema Jadhav found the accused Father Johnson Lawrence guilty of offences under relevant provisions of the Protection of Child from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

According to the Prosecution, the minor victim had been assaulted twice by the priest between August and November 2015.

The victim, in his statement to police, had said that he had gone to the church in Shivaji Nagar area of Dadar with his brother on November 27, 2015.

After the prayer, the accused called the boy inside to keep a box and then closed the door from inside and sexually assaulted him, the victim informed the police.

The boy also alleged that the priest had committed a similar act a few months earlier. The victim had given a similar statement before a Magistrate as well.

At least nine witnesses were examined during the course of the trial.

Special Public Prosecutor Veena Shelar was the prosecutor in the case.

With PTI Inputs