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Source: Worcester Telegram

WORCESTER (AP/ Boston Herald) — The former longtime pastor of a Worcester church has been accused of raping and physically assaulting a 43-year-old woman.
The Very Rev. Charles Michael Abdelahad of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Central District Court on a single charge of rape, four counts of assault and battery, and five counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Court documents allege Abdelahad beat the woman on several occasions dating to 2007.

His attorney tells The Telegram & Gazette that his client denies any criminal wrongdoing.
Abdelahad has been a priest for at least 20 years and left the parish sometime in November.

More from the Worcester Telegram. WORCESTER —  The former longtime pastor of St. George Antiochan Orthodox Cathedral, 30 Anna St., is accused of raping and physically assaulting a 43-year-old woman.

The Very Rev. Charles Michael Abdelahad will be arraigned Friday in Central District Court on a single charge of rape, four counts of assault and battery, and five counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

A statement of facts on file in court states the Rev. Abdelahad beat the woman on different occasions dating back to 2007.

The priest allegedly bit and beat the victim during at least one assault. Detectives also allege he struck her with a religious icon and bat and scratched her on the stomach with keys.

In a criminal complaint, Detective Maureen M. Siedlecki accuses Rev. Abdelahad of pulling the victim’s hair, slamming her head on the floor, sitting on her and punching her in the head during one alleged assault, according to court records.

No one answered the door at Rev. Abdelahad’s house today.

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