St. Petersburg, January 25, Interfax - The defense lawyers for priest Gleb Grozovsky, who was convicted for pedophilia, have filed an appeal contesting his sentence with the Leningrad Region's court.
"The appeal was filed with the Leningrad Region's court on Thursday," Mikhail Utkin, a lawyer for the priest, told Interfax.
According to earlier reports, on January 17, the Priozyorsk City Court of the Leningrad Region sentenced Grozovsky to 14 years in a high-security penal colony. Judge Lyudmila Yashina also ordered the payment of 400,000 rubles to the families of each of the three victims. The case was opened more than four years ago.
The St. Petersburg diocese earlier told Interfax that Grozovsky would not be defrocked until the sentence given to him took legal force.
The Investigative Committee's St. Petersburg branch reported the completion of the investigation into Grozovsky's case on June 2, 2017.
Earlier reports said Grozovsky was taken from Moscow to St. Petersburg on September 17, 2016 after being extradited from Israel to Russia. He was charged with sexually abusing three schoolgirls.
According to investigators, Grozovsky, who was a priest at the Ascension (Sophia) Cathedral in Tsarskoye Selo, molested several children younger than 14 at an Orthodox children's camp on the island of Konevets in the Priozyorsk District of the Leningrad Region. According to investigators, Grozovsky committed the same crimes in June 2013 in Greece at the Orthodox children's camp Philadelphia. Grozovsky hid from prosecutors, and an arrest warrant was issued for him. He was declared internationally wanted in October 2013.
He was suspended from his church duties for the period of the investigation.