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Abuse case priest dead.

A PRIEST arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a child has been found dead of a suspected drugs overdose.

Monsignor Michael Smith, 63, was parish priest at Corpus Christi Catholic church in Tonbridge, Kent, for 19 years, before he stood down after his arrest in December. He had been on police bail since.

His body was found last Sunday at a house in Snodland, Kent. The investigation into the alleged sexual assault of a child was still ongoing, police said.

A spokesman added: "His death is not being treated as suspicious."

Smith was ordained in 1977 and became a monsignor in 1988.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Apr 23, 2011
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