A GLASGOW priest has resigned from his post following allegations of a sex incident.

Father Jim Lawlor, 44, of Our Lady and St George Church, Penilee, has now been reported to the procurator fiscal following the alleged incident on Friday, July 6.

The police are investigating the allegations, which have also appeared in a national newspaper.

No one else is believed to have been involved.

A spokesman for the Catholic Church said: "Given this is an active case we can neither confirm or deny any details that are being alleged.

"Father Lawlor has resigned from his post and has left the church house.

"In the meantime, parishioners are still receiving pastoral care.

"Services are being carried out by a retired priest who has stepped in to help."

The spokesman added that it was too early to tell whether or not further action would be taken while the matter is in the hands of the police.

A Strathclyde Police spokesman said: "We can confirm a 44-year-old man is the subject of a report to the procurator fiscal."

Eight years ago Glasgow-born Father Lawlor faced problems of a different kind.

A gang of thugs terrorised the Glasgow priest and his congregation at Our Lady of Fatima, Dalmarnock.

They targeted the Catholic church in a campaign of hate and destruction.

During the attacks vandals firebombed the church, daubed sectarian slogans over the walls, smashed the priest's car and pushed excrement through his letterbox.

But Father Lawlor, who was also working as the prison chaplain at Barlinnie at the time, refused to let the thugs affect his work in the community.

Police had advised him not to wear his dog collar in the streets.

Father Lawlor was ordained 20 years ago. He was head boy at Aberdeen seminary Blair's College and studied for a Masters degree at Oxford University.