NRI priest arrested for possessing child pornography

Joseph Palimattom, 47, a visiting priest from India, has been arrested in Florida, USA on charges of possessing and distributing child pornography to a minor. Authorities say he asked a 14-year-old boy to help him delete about 40 porno images of young boys from his phone. The boy gave the phone back to Palimattom and immediately told a friend, who told him to tell another staff member at the church. The boy's father called the authorities. Palimottom is a priest of the Franciscan Province of St. Thomas the Apostle in India and began serving a 2-year residency in 2014 at the Holy Name of Jesus Parish in West Palm Beach. The priest has allegedly told authorities he had been reprimanded at his church in India for being involved with a minor male, but the incident was not reported to police. The pastor at Holy Name Catholic Church told officials that when Palimattom joined, he was told to have no contact with minors without another adult present. The Diocese said when it learned about the allegations it immediately contacted authorities and cooperated in the investigation that resulted in Palimattom's arrest.