Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Brazilian Priest Arrested

When news broke last month that Brazilian priests had been recorded on video footage having sex with underage boys, it was the first major report of clerical sexual abuse reaching South America.  As the footage was broadcast to the nation on television, it is hardly surprising that the widespread international publicity should have attracted the attention of the authorities.  In a sequel to the publicity, the first arrest has followed.    

Priest, 83, arrested in abuse case

BRAZIL -- An 83-year-old Roman Catholic priest has been arrested on suspicion of abusing boys as young as 12. The scandal erupted when Brazilian television network SBT broadcast a tape last month of Monsignor Luiz Marques Barbosa in bed with a 19-year-old; it was widely distributed on the Internet. Barbosa was detained late Sunday. His lawyer plans to seek his release from detention, citing his advanced age and arguing that he has a fixed address and does not pose a flight risk, the newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo reported Tuesday.

Read more at from Associated Press at Fort Worth Star Telegram)): 

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