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Vatican ex-diplomat sentenced to five years on child pornography charges

Sun Online Desk     24th June, 2018 01:47:55 printer

Vatican ex-diplomat sentenced to five years on child pornography charges

 

A former Vatican diplomat has been sentenced to five years in prison for child pornography offences.

 

Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella pleaded guilty at a Vatican court, which heard that dozens of pornographic photos and videos were found on his mobile phone.

 

He said he had suffered a personal crisis while working at the Vatican embassy in Washington DC.

 

The priest was recalled from the US last year after authorities notified the Vatican of their suspicions.

 

The US had asked that Capella's diplomatic immunity be lifted so he could face charges there. Canadian police later issued an arrest warrant for Capella, an Italian.

 

The former diplomat will serve his sentence in the Vatican's small prison, and pay a fine of €5,000 (£4,400; $5,800).

 

The case is the latest allegation involving child sexual abuse to hit the Catholic Church.

 

All of Chile's 34 bishops offered to resign in May following a child sex scandal and a cover up. Pope Francis has since accepted three of their resignations.


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