WI Catholic Pastor Arrested On Child Sex Charges

Madison.com reports:

A pastor associate at Dane County sister parishes in DeForest and outside Sun Prairie has been arrested on child sex charges, according to Dane County Jail records.

Rajnal Rehmat was booked into the jail by the DeForest Police Department shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday on tentative charges of sexual exploitation of a child, sexual assault of student by staff, and child enticement, according to the jail log.

The Diocese said Rehmat is “a religious brother from Pakistan of the Canons Regular of Jesus the Lord (CJD), an international religious community,” and that he arrived in June to work as a religious brother in the diocese.

The head of the diocese has issued a statement:

I’m sickened and distressed to have to share the following statement from the Diocese of Madison regarding the arrest of Br. Rajnal Rehmat, CJD, involving sexual misconduct with a minor. The parish and the diocese will continue to cooperate with law enforcement as the judicial process plays out. While we all uphold the presumption of innocence inherent to our legal system, I also want to address the hurt and distrust that this news will bring to our parish community. The church will have a prayer service Friday at 7 p.m. for all those affected.