November 24, 2005

Brazil priest sentence fuels pedophilia scandal

BRAZIL
The Union Tribune

By Raymond Colitt
REUTERS

10:38 a.m. November 23, 2005

BRASILIA, Brazil A Brazilian court has sentenced a Catholic priest to 14 years and eight months in prison for his second pedophilia conviction amid concern of a looming child abuse scandal in the world's largest Catholic country.
Father Tarcisio Tadeu Spricigo was convicted of sexually abusing two boys in the city of Anapolis, in the central Brazilian state of Goias, a local court said Wednesday.

"He enticed needy children with money and promises to help with their homework," the sentencing judge, Ana Maria Rosa, told Reuters.

The incidents involved a 13-year-old altar boy, who lived in the parish house with Spricigo between 2001 and 2002, and a 5-year-old boy, Rosa said.

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