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Catholic priest Pollestad in police’s searchlight. Rape allegations spark investigation. Police confirm they’ve started investigating Reidar Voith’s allegations of his attempted rape by Pater Kjell Arild Pollestad. Though police have received no formal complaint from Voith, Inspector Kjetil Baustad Egelie of Vestfold district police says investigations were started on their own initiative.

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Catholic priest Pollestad in police’s searchlight

Published on Wednesday, 21st April, 2010 at 15:10 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Rape allegations spark investigation.

Vår Frue Catholic Church, Porsgrunn
Vår Frue Catholic Church, Porsgrunn
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Police confirm they’ve started investigating Reidar Voith’s allegations of his attempted rape by Pater Kjell Arild Pollestad.

Though police have received no formal complaint from Voith, Inspector Kjetil Baustad Egelie of Vestfold district police says investigations were started on their own initiative.

“We’ve opened a case on the basis of information we’ve received from Reidar Voith, and regard what happened as a possible sexual assault,” Egelie tells NRK.

At the beginning of this month Voith, Vicar of the Catholic Church in Porsgrunn accused Pollestad for having allegedly carried out several assaults whilst Voith was a student priest at the church in 1994.

Pollestad was told to leave the country in 2005. Last week, he refuted Voith’s allegations in an interview with Stavanger Aftenblad.

Voith has already been questioned by police in Sandefjord, but no further details are being released for the moment.



Published on Wednesday, 21st April, 2010 at 15:10 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: kjell, arild, pollestad, reidar, voith, trondheim, bishop, catholic, church, sexual, abuse, scandal.





  
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