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Church leaders say sex allegations groundless
Police probe will reveal the truth, says Malaysian orphanage boardEustace Nonis, chairperson of the board
- ucanews.com reporter, Penang
- January 17, 2011
St. Josephâ€™s Home which takes care of 34 children -- 22 girls and 12 boys aged 6-17 â€“ hit the headlines last week after a woman told police that one of the homeâ€™s former charges, a boy aged 15, had been molested.
The Board of St. Josephâ€™s Home said it only found out about the investigation through the media and that the accuser, a woman called â€śLim,â€ť has no known connection with the home.
On Jan. 14 the board called a press conference to explain its side of events.
Lim came to the orphanage on Jan. 29 and claimed the boy, identified as â€śC15â€ť had been molested by a volunteer tutor. Furthermore, she alleged that four years previously the boy had been sodomized by another male resident, a statement said.
The orphanage said it conducted its own investigation and said the tutor had admitted touching the boy on the head and shoulder during group tutorial classes because the boy would occasionally daydream or fall asleep.
After the press conference, board chairperson Eustace Nonis took reporters on a tour of the orphanage.
â€śSome with experience will say this is only an allegation and will not believe it. But some will believe what they read in the newspaper is the truth,â€ť said board president Bishop Antony Selvanayagam of Penang.
â€śGeneral opinions about the Church have been affected, no doubt. But our hope is that at the end of it all, some good will come out of it,â€ť he said.
We believe the police will complete their investigation and end up with the truth, he added.
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