Priest Arrested After Parents Find Daughter's Sketches (Photos)

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Brazilian parents discovered their daughter was being abused by a priest after the 5-year-old girl drew sketches of the incident. 

The Daily Mail reports that 54-year-old Father Joao da Silva has admitted to the attack after the girl’s father confronted him.  

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The unnamed 5-year-old girl refused to attend any more of da Silva’s English classes, prompting her parents to take her to a child psychologist.  

The psychologist suspected sexual abuse, and urged the parents to check her room for any signs.  That’s when they stumbled upon the sketches that were hidden among her books.  

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The sketches show what appears to be the abuse she suffered at the hands of da Silva.  One shows a man looming over a child who is lying on a bed, and another shows a girl lying in bed with a man forcing himself between her legs.  In both pictures the girl is either terrified or angry.  

Karine Maia of the Delegation for Stopping Crimes Against Women stated that they had found six drawings among the child’s belongings.  

Da Silva is currently being held in custody over child abuse allegations.  

This story comes on the heels of a story in which a well-known Brazilian priest hanged himself in his jail cell while facing child molestation charges.  

According to Patheos' Secular Voices, Bonifacio Buzzi was in jail following an arrest for allegedly molesting two young boys.  The priest had previously spent time in prison for child molestation, and hanged himself before his new trial began.  

Sources: Daily Mail, Patheos' Secular Voices / Photo credit: Juliancolton/Wikimedia Commons