Sikh priest sentenced for sexual interference

Charges involve Abbotsford girl under the age of 14.

A Sikh priest from India was sentenced on Thursday to 90 days in jail after being convicted of sexual interference involving an Abbotsford girl under the age of 14.

Ajai Singh’s sentence, handed down in Abbotsford provincial court, also included 90 days probation.

Singh, 38, was also originally charged with sexual assault, but that charge was stayed.

He was charged after a family member of the victim filed a report with the Abbotsford Police Department in February of this year.

Const. Ian MacDonald said it appears that Singh was hired to participate in or lead musical performances at different temples around the Lower Mainland, including in Abbotsford.

According to media sources, Singh’s father is the former head of the Akal Takht, the highest seat of temporal authority of the Sikhs, located in Amritsar, Punjab.

Singh will be deported to India after he completes his sentence.

Further information on the charges cannot be released due to a publication ban on details that could identify the victim.