Priest is accused of sexual harassment and threats: the Ministry is closing in

the Complaints, which Ekstra Bladet has come into possession of, as well as sources, the newspaper has spoken with, paints a picture of a priest, who for a long

Ann McDonald
Ann McDonald
09 February 2020 Sunday 22:00
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Priest is accused of sexual harassment and threats: the Ministry is closing in

the Complaints, which Ekstra Bladet has come into possession of, as well as sources, the newspaper has spoken with, paints a picture of a priest, who for a long time have found it hard to practice the words and virtues, he even preaches about.

The reports on a cross-border and sexual behaviour, among other things, co-workers and confirmation children.

the Priest is now on leave, but no one - neither church, priest, or bishop - will tell you why. Sources close to the church tells, however, that it is forced and due to several complaints against him.

the Forced leave is unusual among Danish priests – nevertheless it is a great mystery, what exactly happened behind the closed doors in the priest's church.

Several sources close to the pastor gives the impression that there has been a lot of complaints on him through time.

the Extra Leaf has therefore sought access to complaints about the specific church's priests and employees in an anonymised form, but the Ministry has rejected the request several times. The rejection is now sent as a complaint to the Parliamentary Ombudsman.

the Extra Leaf is however – without the ministry - come into possession of three complaints in the priest and are also familiar with two further complaints. The oldest of them are back from 2015.

What we know: Sources and complaints

the Extra Leaf has the knowledge to at least five official complaints against the priest from the greater Copenhagen.

Four of the complaints come from colleagues, of which three of them are sent to the Copenhagen bishop Peter Skov-Jakobsen, while the fourth complaint is sent to the labour inspectorate.

The fifth complaint comes from a parent and their relatives and landed also on the bishop's table.

the church Ministry and the Diocese has refused to provide insight into the complaints or inform, whether there are several a them, as an Extra Magazine know.

the Extra Leaf has, however, of its own motion, got hold of three of the five complaints.

the Extra Leaf has also spoken with a large number of sources who have worked or continue to work in the same church as the pastor.

They tell, among other things, how they are afraid of the priest, because he on several occasions has overfuset them verbally and, once on the walk can continue as a priest despite complaints or absurd behavior - including that of a sexual nature.

in Addition, tell us the, that the said priest is highly manipulative. Therefore dare not to come forward with the name at the present time. Extra Leaf is fully familiar with the sources identity.

Sources points out, moreover, that it is the same priest, who is referred to in a monitoring report, from 2015, from the Inspectors, how the church got an injunction. Access to the report shows that the injunction was granted because the employees 'regularly' was subjected to 'psychological violence and threats" in connection with their work with one of the church's priests.

Not only the sources close to the church expresses dissatisfaction with the priest. Also a number of former equal in the eyes have to the Extra the Magazine referred to the priest as 'inappropriate'.

A former boy and the girl's mother charges including the pastor to have taken konfirmanden on the breasts and bum, when the girl was confirmed in 2018. An experience, which has been confirmed by the girl's classmate and his parents.

Since then, the priest has been picked by konfirmandundervisningen. It was he, according to a record from a ward council meeting in august 2019.

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the Extra Leaf has also tried to seek a access in the correspondences between the competent bodies in order to understand what exactly is going on, but also this access has been rejected.

Samstemmigt report the complaints, as the Extra Leaf is in the possession of, and sources close to the church, which Ekstra Bladet has spoken with, about a priest that is recorded of the sex, has a great temperament, and that creates a bad working environment.

in Addition, a former boy and her mother accused the priest of having taken the now 16-year-old girl on the breasts and bum under konfirmandforberedelse in 2018.

See also: Boy on the priest: - He touched our breasts

the Priest teaches, however, not equal in the eyes anymore. It is shown by a record from a ward council meeting from august 2019.

See also: Priest picked by konfirmandundervisning

Despite several complaints and allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards both colleagues and equal in the eyes is the priest is still employed.

His salary, and housing are paid for by the taxpayer and the members of the church.

Both the responsible dean, bishop and the ministry refuses to comment on the priest, who is contesting a sacred and public office.

the Extra Leaf has offered the priest to make up for the interview, but the priest did not wish to answer Ekstra question. The priest and his advisor have proposed a number of conditions and requirements to participate in an interview, which Ekstra Bladet has not wanted to meet.

the Extra Leaf has the choice to anonymize the priest, since the magazine is informed by multiple sources with knowledge of the matter, that the priest and the many complaints against him are being investigated in the Copenhagen Diocese and ecclesiastical affairs.

Violation in the parish

the Extra Leaf has the choice to anonymize the priest, since the magazine is informed by multiple sources with knowledge of the matter, that the priest and the many complaints against him are being investigated in the Copenhagen Diocese and ecclesiastical affairs.

Despite repeated attempts to get the priest to relate to the criticism he has not wanted to respond on the Extra Magazine in question.

the Newspaper learns that the priest is convinced that there is someone in the church, the ward council, provstiet and the Copenhagen Diocese, joined in a plot against him. There should even be ’forces higher up in the people ecclesiastical hierarchy’, undermining the priest.

the Extra Leaf has been in contact with 13 persons with a close relationship to the church, where the priest belongs to. None of these hills the priest up. Ekstra Bladet learns, however, that there should be a person in the ward council, which supports the priest. We have tried to get a comment from him, but she has not answered our calls.

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Read more priest-stories here Past day Several complaints against the well-known priest: sexual Harassment and threats Past day the President of the complaint against the priest: - Sexually offensive Past day the Boy about the priest: - He touched our breasts Past day the Priest picked by konfirmandundervisning Past day Funeral conversation about the dead child: The priest talked about incest,

Updated: 09.02.2020 22:00
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