The Gatchina eparchy of the Russian Orthodox Church on the matter of Grotowski: «the point has not been set»

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Danceparty in fotobanken Gleb Grozovsky after the verdict in Priozersk town court of the Leningrad region. 17 January 2018The Gatchina eparchy of the Russian Orthodox Church on the matter of Grotowski: «the point has not been set»© RIA Novosti / Alexei Danceparty the image Bank

In the Gatchina eparchy of the Russian Orthodox Church, where he served sentenced to 14 years in prison for pedophilia priest Gleb Grozovsky, I believe that in his case «the point has not been set», as the defense will take advantage of the right of appeal, reported RIA Novosti the representative of the diocese.

The Priozersk town court of the Leningrad region on Wednesday acknowledged Grotowski guilty of pedophilia, he was sentenced to 14 years in prison. In addition, Grozovsky will have to pay each of the victims on 400 thousand roubles of compensation for moral damage.

«The court’s decision, we do not comment. As I understand it, the defense has the opportunity to appeal. So the point is not yet set, the story continues», — said the representative of the Gatchina diocese of the ROC.

The court found that Grozovsky molested three girls in the Orthodox camps on the island of Konevets on lake Ladoga and the island of KOs in Greece. One episode occurred in 2009 and two others in 2013.

The criminal case against the priest was initiated in the fall of 2013, then the ROC Grozovsky was removed from service. For a long time the priest was hiding in Israel. First he said that he was sent there on a business trip along the line of the ROC, however, it later emerged that the departure was his personal initiative.

In the fall of 2014, Israeli police detained Grotowski, and two years later the priest was extradited to Russia. Even while abroad, the priest through the mass media declared his innocence and claimed that he became a victim of provocation.

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