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Priest’s sexual abuse case adjourned to Dec 18

December 2, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Abigail Apina – The National

East New Britain Catholic priest Philip Kelera, charged with sexual violations of five young schoolboys in Kokopo, East New Britain, is to appear again in court next month.

Kelera, 47, from Malakur ward in Pomio district, was arrested and charged last month and appeared in the Kokopo District Court two weeks ago.

However, his committal files were not ready and the case had been adjourned until Dec 18, the court confirmed.

Kelera had been charged with five counts – one count of sexual penetration, two counts on sexual touching and two counts of indecent acts.

The priest allegedly violated five boys aged between 11 and 15 on different occasions. But after his most recent offence in July this year, the victim reported it to his parents.

Provincial police commander Sylvester Kalaut reported that all the offences happened when Kelera was a priest at the Guma Catholic parish, White Bay, East Pomio.

All five boys were students of Guma primary school at the time of the offence.

Police said the priest had invited each student to his house. He then forced them into performing sexual acts with him while threatening them at the same time not to report to authorities.

The Catholic church earlier said it was concentrating on helping the boys and their families.

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  1. JUDY
    December 2, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    They are all the same,giaman lo go priest lo wokim pasin blong sexual activites under the guess of the Chuch.It is moreso with Catholic churches then others,throughout the centuries.Why because lo pasin blong celebacy.!Sex or the act of sex is for every men and women and just because one decides to become priest dose not stop the need to want sex every day and any other day.The catholic people should stop listening to the lies from the pope,who is the head of their church.Sex is part and parcel of human existence!

  2. ToPam
    December 3, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Only God knows what is happening. This is a world of immorality, and priest for that matter are mere human beings, and are subject to temptation. And because of their job, where they are subject to celebacy, human instinct and desire do play a big role in human lives and behaviour, and they will not deny the fact how they are being confronted with daily temptation.

    Maybe in the past life was not that difficult, however with the huge porno industry threatening the very fabric of individuals and communities, I envy the priests, pastors and others who are subject to test because of the next nature of their duties. We can not blame them, because they made the choice of becoming a priest, and will have to face the consequences head on.

    However one question though, if priest, pastors and others continue to practise sexual indecency, how are we the congregation going to have trust in them!!!!!

    Therefore, please do not preach sexual indecency and abuse if you (priest/pastors) know you are a PEPERTRATOR. GOD BLESS PNG

  3. Exposetheabusers
    December 12, 2012 at 9:45 am

    I have heard of abuses committed by priests working in PNG. In fact a certain rogue priest, who worked in Madang, Goroka, and now in Port Moresby is one such person. Can PNG Exposed can in touch with me. I will provide details of the particular priest and names of certain abused victims and you can dig up the rest. This particular priest has been acrrying out his activities as if it is normal, and I guess his other brother priests turn a blind eye because it is ‘public secret’ to them!

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