The court has ordered the Thera to be remanded in custody until 26 September.Pahalagama Somaratana Nayaka Thera has appeared before Isleworth Crown Court but did not enter a plea on Friday, court officials said. He has been remanded in custody by a London court on charges of sexual abuse , raping a nine-year-old girl.
Thero, chief incumbent of Thames Buddhist Vihara, Croydon, has been charged with four counts of sexual abuse, the Metropolitan police said.
The alleged rape and three counts of indecent assault said to have happened, in 1977 and 1978, in Chiswick, west London
The 65-year-old Pahalagama Somaratana from Dulverton Rd, Croydon.
There was no immediate response from Thames Buddhist Vihara, which is one of the major Sri Lankan Buddhist temples in London.