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Gozo Priest Accused of abusing three girls

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The Gozitan priest Father Jesmond Gauci who has been accused of abusing three girls has allegedly touched one of his victims, a teenager, in front of her mother, at a family BBq in Gozo.

He was caught by the girl’s mother touching the girl in an unsuitable manner.

It is understood that the girl’s mother has said she is willing to testify against the priest.

According to the ‘The Malta Independent’ the police have discovered several text messages sent by the priest to one of the girls.

The source said the allegations had nothing to do with the school where Fr Gauci taught and that the alleged events took place in and around February.

According to the same source the Bishop of Gozo Mario Grech had personally reported the case to the police.

It is understood that Mgr Grech first reported the case to the Education Ministry, since Fr Gauci taught religion at a Hamrun state school for boys. The Ministry then advised him to report everything to the police.

According to the source things have been dealt with differently this time, as the Gozo Bishop has taken a different approach by immediately calling in the police, instead of first investigating things internally. “It was the correct thing to do.”

It seems that Fr Gauci was alsosuspended from teaching “indefinitely” last Thursday. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Public Service Commission board.

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