Date
20 July 2017
Pope Francis has vowed to hold all sex abusers in the Church accountable, but victims remain skeptical. Photo: Reuters
Pope Francis has vowed to hold all sex abusers in the Church accountable, but victims remain skeptical. Photo: Reuters

Catholic priest gets 35 years in prison for raping boy

A Peruvian court sentenced a Catholic priest to 35 years in prison for repeatedly raping a boy in the school where he was chaplain.

The court on Tuesday found that Waldir Perez used his position as priest and chaplain at a private school in a poor district to abuse the boy between July 2010 and April 2012, Reuters reported.

The boy was 10 years old when Perez first sexually assaulted him, the criminal chamber of Peru’s Supreme Court said in a statement.

Perez, who must also pay the victim 8,000 soles (US$2,439) in reparations, confessed to the crimes, the court said. Medical and psychological tests also backed up the boy’s testimony.

The victim said Perez once gave him 150 soles (about US$45) after sexually abusing him so he could buy an MP3 player, the court said.

The Catholic Church has been rocked by sexual abuse revelations in the past decade, especially in the United States and Europe.

In recent years, similar accusations against Church members have been growing in majority Catholic Latin America, where the clergy is active in schools.

Pope Francis has vowed to hold all sex abusers in the Church accountable. But victims say he has still not made the changes needed to protect children and punish offenders.

The sentencing of Perez comes as Peru’s attorney general is investigating whether the founder and former head of an elite Catholic society, Luis Fernando Figari, sexually abused children, the report said.

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