German priest admits 280 counts of child abuse

Last Updated: Friday, January 13, 2012 - 21:39

Berlin: A Roman Catholic priest in Germany has
admitted to 280 counts of sexually abusing three boys over a
several-year period.

The 46-year-old priest, who has been suspended, went on
trial yesterday at the state court in Braunschweig. The dapd
news agency reported that he showed no remorse.

The man who was not identified was arrested last July
after one victim told his mother what had happened. He was
charged with abusing three boys aged between 9 and 15.

Hildesheim diocese spokesman Michael Lukas says the
defendant`s actions were "a catastrophe for the victims and
for the Catholic church."

The trial continues through February 2.
The priest also faces church disciplinary proceedings.
Germany, Pope Benedict XVI`s homeland, was shaken in 2010
by revelations of abuse by clergy going back decades.


First Published: Friday, January 13, 2012 - 21:39

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