The Vatican absolves two priests accused of sexual abuse to a seminarist

The Vatican Court acquitted this Wednesday by prescription and absence of evidence to the two defendants on alleged sexual abuse to one of the residents of the

The Vatican absolves two priests accused of sexual abuse to a seminarist

The Vatican Court acquitted this Wednesday by prescription and absence of evidence to the two defendants on alleged sexual abuse to one of the residents of the San Pius X Preseminary, in the first process carried out by this crime within the Vatican Walls.

The absolutions of some of the crimes were by prescription, while other charges were dismissed due to lack of evidence and others considered not guilty, according to the sentence read on Wednesday in the classroom installed in the Vatican Museums.

The principal defendant was the priest Gabriele Martinelli, 28, who were attributed a series of abuse to another student between 2007 and 2012, when both were minors, although he was greater and coordinated the activities of the preservation in which Young people who make distress in the Basilica of San Pedro are residing while they value if they follow the priestly road.

The other defendant is the former rector Enrico Radice, 71, for supposedly undercover and protected Martinelli, considered one of his pupils.

The Vatican Justice Promoter (Fiscal), Roberto Zannotti, had asked for six years in jail for Martinelli and four for Radice.

In the sentence it is read that although it is proved that there were sexual relations between the Mountain and Martinelli, "there is no evidence that the victim has been forced to keep them with violence or threats" and that the reason for it "are the significant contradictions in their Statements ".

While in the case of Radice, the court declared that although the investigations asked him to do about Martinelli "were absolutely superficial", the crime of cover-up was prescribed "before the start of the investigations".

During the process, the supposed victim, identified as L.G. And that she abandoned the preservation after the facts, confirmed to have suffered sexual abuse for years by Martinelli.

The investigations began in November 2017 after the publication of these facts in the "Peccato Original" book of Journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi and continued with other reports, such as those of the television program "Le Iie".

Nuzzi, judged and acquitted by the Vatican Court due to lack of territorial competences in 2016 by filtering documents, echoed in his book of the complaints of the young Polish Kamil Tadeusz Jarzembowski on what was happening in this seminar.

In the views they also declared three ancient students who claimed that in the preservation dominated "an insane environment" where the "sexual jokes" were frequent, while the accused Martinelli was defined as the trusted person of the rector, surpassing even the team executive.

One of the exalumans, Flaminio Ottaviani, 34, said he saw Martinelli "touch the intimate parts" of another student; While another, Andrea Spinato, of 31, talked about "touching" to the youngest, but generically, without contributing details.

Spinato, who studied at the preservation between 2000 and 2008, assured that the imputed Martinelli had a "very strong dominant role" thanks to the rector and that his "homosexual attitude" was notorious.

Another moment of the process was when the Bishop of the Diocese of Como (Northern Italy), Oscar Cantoni, responsible for the Opera Don Folci, Manager of the Preseminary, said that between 2006 and 2012 the cures of the center already warned of a " Inappropriate sexual behavior "from the imputed.

The diocese carried out his own investigation and, among other things, recognized a compensation of 20,000 euros for the victim, who was never paid, and sanctioned Martinelli, which was isolated in a monastery in the Alpine region of Valle de Aosta and then In Como, where he could only talk to his family and superiors.

Updated Date: 08 October 2021, 17:16

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