The ROC refused to comment on the verdict to Hleb Grotovskogo

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Danceparty in fotobanken Gleb Grozovsky after the verdict in Priozersk town court of the Leningrad region. 17 January 2018The ROC refused to comment on the verdict to Hleb Grotovskogo© RIA Novosti / Alexei Danceparty the image Bank

. ROC does not intend to comment on the verdict against suspended from the service of the priest Gleb Grozovsky for pedophilia, yet the sentence has not entered force, told RIA Novosti source in the Moscow Patriarchate.

Grozovsky on Wednesday was convicted of statutory rape and was sentenced to 14 years in prison. The priest said he intends to appeal the verdict in the next 10 days.

«We do not intend to comment on the verdict until it enters into force», — said the representative of the Patriarchate.

The criminal case against the priest was initiated in the fall of 2013, however, the decision to arrest handed down in absentia — Grozovsky was hiding from the investigation in Israel and in the autumn of 2016 was extradited. In Israel, he tried to obtain citizenship but was refused.

Even while abroad, is already removed by that time from the Ministry of the priest through the mass media declared his innocence and claimed that he became a victim of provocation.