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Italy: former seminarian arrested, cited as pimp for accused priest

Catholic World News - May 20, 2011

The arrest of a former seminarian has opened a new window on the scandal surrounding an Italian priest who has been arrested on charges of sexual assault against young boys.

Father Riccardo Seppia was suspended by the Genoa archdiocese after his arrest last week. Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa—whose role as president of the Italian bishops’ conference adds to the public interest in the case—took the unusual step of traveling to Father Seppia’s parish last weekend to denounce the priest’s crimes.

Now authorities have arrested another man, Emanuele Alfano, a former seminary student who has reportedly said that he procured young men for Seppia.

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