St. Petersburg, May 24, Interfax - A lawyer for priest Gleb Grozovsky, who was sentenced to 14 years in a penal colony for child molestation, has filed an appeal with the Leningrad Region Court, which earlier upheld his sentence.
"A cassation appeal was filed with the Leningrad Region Court on May 22," Mikhail Utkin, a lawyer for the priest, said on Thursday.
The appeal will be considered within 30 days.
On January 17, the Priozyorsk City Court of the Leningrad Region sentenced Grozovsky in a child molestation case opened over four years before. Grozovsky was sentenced 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 St. Petersburg Diocese told Interfax that Grozovsky would not be defrocked until the sentence took legal force. After an appeal of the sentence was considered, it took legal effect. However, there have been no reports about the defrocking of the priest.
Investigators found that Grozovsky committed "sexual actions with particular cynicism, exploiting the victim's helplessness in view of her age" against an underage girl at an Orthodox children's camp in the Leningrad Region in summer 2009. In June 2013, the priest committed "sexual actions" with two girls, born in 2001 and 2004, in an apartment at an Orthodox children's camp in Greece. In fall 2013, Grozovsky was put on the international wanted persons list. He was detained in Israel on September 21, 2014 and extradited to Russia on September 7, 2016.