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Buddhist monk from Croydon jailed of indecent assaults

Pahalagama Somaratana
Image caption Pahalagama Somaratana was the chief incumbent of Thames Buddhist Vihara in Croydon

A senior Buddhist monk from south London has been jailed for seven years after he was found guilty of four counts of indecent assault.

Pahalagama Somaratana, 65, of Dulverton Road, Croydon, was also put on the sex offenders register for life.

He was also ordered at Isleworth Crown Court to never work with children.

Somaratana was the chief incumbent of Thames Buddhist Vihara. Police said the assaults had taken place in Chiswick, west London, in the 1970s.

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