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Hindu priest charged with sexual assault at Surrey temple

Last Updated Dec 1, 2018 at 2:32 pm PST

Rajpal Sharma (Source: Submitted)

A Hindu priest living in Delta has been charged with sexual assault dating back to January 2015

He was turned in to police by a Surrey temple he was working at in the summer of 2018

SURREY (NEWS 1130) – A Hindu priest, who has been working in Lower Mainland temples for more than 20 years, has been charged with sexual assault.

Rajpal Sharma was kicked out of a Surrey temple by leadership this summer after they learned he apparently sexually assaulted a female worshiper at the temple. He was removed from his position and they brought the allegations to the police. Since then, he’s apparently been operating his own temple out of a garage in his Delta home.

Sharma has worked at two or more temples in Surrey, and one in Abbotsford, since the late 1990s.

Sharma is scheduled to make his first appearance in Surrey provincial court December 14 about an apparent assault that happened in Surrey in January 2015.