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Forth 2 radio presenter priest under investigation after two women accuse him of lewd behaviour

Father Andy Monaghan

Father Andy Monaghan

A priest who once worked as a radio agony uncle is under investigation after two women accused him of lewd behaviour.

Father Andy Monaghan, 72, was banned from his Midlothian parish by the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh while the historic claims – which date back more than 36 years – are investigated.

Police were alerted after the women complained that the former radio presenter behaved inappropriately towards them when they were young adults.

Prosecutors are now considering whether he should face charges.

A Crown Office spokesman said: “The procurator fiscal received a report relating to incidents involving a 72-year-old man said to have occurred in Edinburgh and Falkirk between October 1978 and December 1983.

“The report is under consideration.”

Monaghan was suspended by the church when the complaints were made in 2011.

He is not allowed to say mass or carry out pastoral duties at his parish in Pathhead, Midlothian, but is believed to be on full pay.

• Full story at the Daily Record.

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