Bishop in Italy admitted knowing of the abuse allegations, but didnít remove the priest.

Italian court sentences priest to 15 years for abusing boys - Comment on 2011 March 5

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In his testimony, the bishop admitted he knew of rumours the priest had abused boys but didnít remove him or report him to police. Read more:

An Italian court convicted a priest of molesting boys and sentenced him to 15 years in prison yesterday in a case closely watched because his bishop admitted knowing of the abuse allegations, but didnít remove the priest.
The trial of Rev Ruggero Conti garnered headlines last year when his bishop was called to testify about the molestation just as the clerical abuse scandal that erupted in Europe inched closer to the Vatican.
Conti was charged with sexual violence and other charges stemming from accusations by seven boys who worshipped at his parish.
In police interrogations, the boys - some as young as 13 at the time of the alleged abuse Ė said Conti would force them to perform sexual acts on him in his home where he frequently invited them to dinner and watch movies. Conti denied the charges and will appeal, his lawyer said.
Bishop Gino Reali became the first Italian bishop called to testify in a sex abuse case when he appeared in court last May, a significant milestone given that clerical abuse has long been a taboo subject in this Roman Catholic country.
In his testimony, Reali admitted he knew of rumours Conti had abused boys but didnít remove him or report him to police. Victimís lawyers have said Reali aided and abetted the crimes because he knew about the abuse allegations but didnít do anything to prevent more abuse.
They said that with Contiís conviction, they were now preparing a formal complaint seeking to have Reali charged.

 

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