A former Argentine priest sentenced to 17 years in prison for sexual abuse

A former Argentine priest sentenced to 17 years in prison for sexual abuse

An Argentine court in the province of Entre Ríos (northeast) on Friday condemned former priest Marcelino Ricardo Moya to 17 years in prison for sexually abusing two minors in the 1990s, legal sources reported.

Moya was declared the author of the crimes of promotion of aggravated corruption and aggravated simple sexual abuse, after the evaluation of the accusations made by two adults who were altar boys in a parish in the Entre Ríos village of Villaguay.

At the time of the events, the priest was a teacher in a school and vicar in one of the local parishes, where he met the two victims, according to local media.

In addition, he was also a chaplain in an Army unit and was conducting his own program on local radio.

The members of the Court of Trials and Appeals of Concepción del Uruguay (Entre Ríos), composed of Evangelina Bruzzo, Fabián Moras and Melisa Ríos, did not make room for the prescription of the action that Moya's defense promoted.

They also ordered the former priest to remain in freedom under coercive measures until the sentence is executed.

The victims made the complaint in 2015 and until 2017 the file was not upheld orally.

The Catholic Church, when it became aware of the denunciations, rescinded Moya from his position as pastor and pastoral responsible of a Catholic school in another locality of the province.

The priest was admitted to the Infectious Disease Service of the Hospital entrerriano de San Martín in the summer of 2017 with a diagnosis of a sexually transmitted disease, confirmed the same center to Efe.

The local press pointed out that Moya is the third priest of the Entre Ríos clergy convicted by the Justice for crimes against the sexual integrity of minors.

The other two are Justo José Ilarraz, who was sentenced last year to 25 years in prison for sexually abusing boys between 10 and 14 years of age in the 80s and 90s, and Juan Diego Escobar Gaviria, also sentenced the same year to 25 years of prison for abusing four minors who attended his parish.


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