A Brazilian clergyman has been suspended for sending a naked selfie picture to his alleged mistress via his cell phone.
"Father Alfredo Rosa Borges has been suspended from his duties," AFP quoted a diocesan spokesman of Campos de Goytacazes municipality, located in the northern area of Rio de Janeiro State, as saying on Tuesday.
He added that the Brazilian priest, who is known for his conservative views on moral issues, also faces excommunication from the Roman Catholic Church.
In the picture, which has been circulating on online media since it was posted last week, Borges can be seen posing naked in front of a mirror.
The O Dia daily reported that the priest has admitted to sending the picture, but denies having a relationship with the recipient.
"An investigation has been opened but the photo comprises a transgression for the Church," the bishop of Campos, Roberto Francisco, told O Dia.
Over the past few years, the Roman Catholic Church has been facing numerous scandals of child sexual abuse by priests all over the globe.
The Pope has promised a zero tolerance policy for child sex abuse by clerics. However, rights groups representing victims believe that not enough has been done.