According to police, the priest, who had changed his getup and was calling up his family by using the mobile phone of others, was arrested in Annavaram.
The priest had allegedly raped 14-year-old tribal girl on the pretext of teaching her the Bhagawad Gita. The incident had occurred in Reddivaripalli in Kadapa district on November 27.
Police had registered a case on a complaint by the victim. The priest was since absconding.