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    http://www.telegram.com/article/20110131/NEWS/110139956 Ex-pastor accused of raping, assaulting woman Monday, January 31, 2011 By Bronislaus B. Kush and Scott
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      Ex-pastor accused of raping, assaulting woman
      Monday, January 31, 2011

      By Bronislaus B. Kush and Scott J. Croteau TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
      bkush@...
      scroteau@...

      WORCESTER — The former longtime pastor of St.
      George Antiochan Orthodox Cathedral, 30 Anna St.,
      is accused of raping and physically assaulting a 43-year-old woman.

      The Very Rev. Charles Michael Abdelahad will be
      arraigned Friday in Central District Court on a
      single charge of rape, four counts of assault and
      battery, and five counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

      A statement of facts on file in court states the
      Rev. Abdelahad beat the woman on different occasions dating back to 2007.

      The priest allegedly bit and beat the victim
      during at least one assault. Detectives also
      allege he struck her with a religious icon and
      bat and scratched her on the stomach with keys.

      In a criminal complaint, Detective Maureen M.
      Siedlecki accuses Rev. Abdelahad of pulling the
      victim's hair, slamming her head on the floor,
      sitting on her and punching her in the head
      during one alleged assault, according to court records.

      No one answered the door at Rev. Abdelahad's house today.

      Rev. Abdelahad allegedly bit the victim on her
      shoulders, underarms, thighs, legs, back,
      breasts, lips and jowls with his teeth, the detective wrote.

      He also allegedly struck her with a replica
      wooden bat on her legs and knees along with
      hitting her on the head with a religious icon.

      The rape charge stems from an alleged assault in
      which the priest forced the victim up against a
      wall, rubbed her inappropriately and sexually
      assaulted her, according to court records.

      The incidents are alleged to have occurred at 30
      Anna St., according to court documents.

      Criminal complaints were issued this month after
      an investigation by the Worcester Police Department.

      Parishioners said Rev. Abdelahad has been a
      priest for at least 20 years and left the parish last month.
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