Greek priest ‘tricks impostor into pulling down his trousers and anointing his genitals with holy oil’
The Orthodox priest has been charged by the police with ‘insulting human sexual dignity’
A Greek priest has been arrested on the island of Rhodes for allegedly tricking a tourist into pulling down his trousers so he could ‘anoint’ his genitals with holy oil, reports say.
The Orthodox priest, 49, is accused of sexually assaulting a 30-year-old Estonian man on holiday on the popular tourist island.
The holidaymaker was said to have visited a monastery in the southern part of the island earlier in the day with his girlfriend.
He said he bought a cross from the church, but later forgot to take it with him. The pastor then texted her to say he had found it, the Democratic newspaper reported.
When the man returned early the next day to retrieve it, the priest led him into a small reception room, saying it was to give him ‘a special gift’.
Rhodes is a popular destination for British tourists, and is known for its warm weather, beaches and historic capital Rhodes Town (file image shows a general view of Rhodes Town)
The priest then asked the man to drop his trousers and underwear so that he could ‘anoint’ him. It was during this time that he allegedly massaged oil on the private parts of the person.
The man looked confused and embarrassed, apparently unsure if this was some kind of legitimate ritual.
Reflecting on the ordeal later in the day, she decided to report it to the police.
The priest reportedly tried to justify his actions by claiming he was trying to help the tourist with the rash.
The case is now with the island’s criminal prosecutor.
Rhodes is a popular destination for British tourists, and is known for its warm weather, beaches and historic capital, Rhodes Town.
It attracts tourists from all over the world and is famous as the site of the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.