Investigations in the complaint by a woman against Fr. Newton Rodrigues had revealed that he had pinched the breast of a minor girl whom he had taken to his room under the pretext of hearing a confession.
As per the statements recorded by the investigating officers, which have now been made available under the Right to Information, the victim was scheduled to perform as Mother Mary at a skit to be performed during the mid night mass celebration of Christmas in the year 2003.
The mother who lodged the complaint with Old Goa Police, also stated that when she confronted Fr. Newton, he had apologized to her for the incident.
According to a statement recorded of a 14-year old girl, she along with the victim arrived at the church at 10:30 pm to practice for the skit they were to perform where the victims was to enact the role of Mother Mary.
She further stated that when they arrived at the church, Fr. Newton took the victim to his room and asked her to wait outside. The victim then came out of the priest’s room crying and went to her house accompanied by the witness who further stated that at home the girl told her mother that the priest had pinched her breast.
Upset over the incident, the victim did not participate in the skit and another girl was asked to essay the role that she was supposed to do.
A 10-year-old girl in her statement revealed that when she arrived at the church at around 11:50 pm along with her parents for the midnight mass, she was asked to dress up as Mother Mary for the skit.
The statement of Desiree Albuquerque revealed that just before the midnight mass she was told by Fr. Newton to replace the victim by another girl for the role of Mother Mary.
Another witness, a 12-year-old boy stated that he had seen the victim’s mother questioning Fr. Newton at around 11 pm.
Fr. Newton in his statement to the police said that while he was pointing at a medal worn by the victim, his hand had accidentally touched her breast and that he had apologized to the girl’s mother when she confronted him about the incident.
The police had recorded statements of nine witnesses and the statements of the minors were recorded in the presence of a representative of Children Rights in Goa, a recognized NGO.