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Last updated: 22 December, 2011 - Published 16:38 GMT
 
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Child abuse hearing in April
 
Pahalagama Somaratana thera
Chief Buddhist monk of Thames Buddhist temple Ven. Pahalagama Somaratana Thera
The child abuse case against Chief Buddhist monk of Thames Buddhist temple Ven. Pahalagama Somaratana is to begin on 10th April at Feltham crown court.

The monk who was intially charged with one count of rape of a female under 16 and three counts of indecent assault during his tenure at Chiswick temple

Further charges

Subsequently on Friday, 11 November he was further charged with 8 counts of Indecent assault on a female under 14 between 01/01/1985 - 31/12/1986 at an address in Croydon.

65 year old Somaratana thero appeared at Isleworth Crown Court on Wednesday for an initial hearing.

Court sources told the BBC that both cases involving two different alleged victims would be heard together.

Monk had pleaded not guilty to all charges against him.

 
 
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