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PERVERT MONK ABUSED GIRL,14; SCANDAL: SEX CASE IS ANOTHER BLOW TO SCOTS MONASTERY.



A TIBETAN monk living at a scandal-hit monastery molested mo·lest  
tr.v. mo·lest·ed, mo·lest·ing, mo·lests
1. To disturb, interfere with, or annoy.

2. To subject to unwanted or improper sexual activity.
 a 14-year-old girl while he was drunk.

Tenzin Chonjoe, 30, indecently in·de·cent  
adj.
1. Offensive to good taste; unseemly.

2. Offensive to public moral values; immodest. See Synonyms at improper.



in·de
 assaulted the teenager in a bedsit bedsit or bedsitter
Noun

a furnished sitting room with a bed

Noun 1. bedsit - a furnished sitting room with sleeping accommodations (and some plumbing)
bedsitter, bedsitting room
 as he made his way south to see his wife.

Chonjoe pounced pounce 1  
v. pounced, pounc·ing, pounc·es

v.intr.
1. To spring or swoop with intent to seize someone or something:
 on the girl after befriending her with tales of Kung Fu kung fu
 Pinyin gongfu

Chinese martial art that is simultaneously a spiritual and a physical discipline. It has been practiced at least since the Zhou dynasty (1111–255 BC).
, meditation and fortune telling.

The monk, who has an alcohol problem, had been a guest at the Samye Ling Buddhist retreat in Eskdalemuir, near Lockerbie, and while there was not allowed to drink, smoke, watch television, sing or dance.

He left the monastery to visit his wife in London but claimed he was mugged on a stop-off in Carlisle on Easter Monday Easter Monday
n.
The Monday following Easter, observed as a holiday in some countries and North Carolina.

Easter Monday nlunes m de Pascua

 and was forced to stay there overnight.

That afternoon, he met the young girl with her friends in a park and decided to go back to the bedsit with her.

Daniel Travers, prosecuting, told Carlisle Magistrates Court: "The girl lay down on a bed with her feet up against the wall and he put his head on her stomach.

"After the assault, the girl got up and went outside. She was very shocked."

Chonjoe was arrested by police as he left the bedsit.

Margaret Payne, defending, said: "He said he was just giving the girl a massage which was acceptable in his culture but he now realises the English are more restrained and less trusting."

Chonjoe was sentenced to three months in prison and placed on the sex offenders' register.

But as he had already spent three months in jail waiting for his trial, he was freed yesterday.

The monk has now separated from his wife and plans to live in Newcastle with friends instead of returning to Samye Ling.

The monastery - which has been supported by celebrities such as Richard Gere, Billy Connolly and David Bowie - was recently at the centre of a drugs and sex scandal.

The centre, the largest Buddhist retreat outside Tibet, was under investigation by police over claims its most senior monk had molested a young monk.

We also revealed how it had been claimed the centre was becoming a sinister cult obsessed ob·sess  
v. ob·sessed, ob·sess·ing, ob·sess·es

v.tr.
To preoccupy the mind of excessively.

v.intr.
 with secrecy and cash.
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Author:Aitken, Vivienne
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Date:Jun 20, 2000
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