Priest convicted, bishop under scrutiny in high-profile Italian abuse case
March 04, 2011
An Italian priest has been sentenced to a 15-year prison term, in a sex-abuse case that prompted national attention because a bishop admitted that he had failed to inform police of accusations against the priest.
Father Ruggero Conti was charged with molesting 7 boys at his parish outside Rome. At his trial, Bishop Gino Reali of Porto-Santa Rufina admitted that he was aware of the priest’s misconduct, but did not remove him from ministry or warn law-enforcement officials.
Lawyers for the victims have indicated that having secured a conviction fo the priest, they will now press for prosecution of the bishop.
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