The Bishopric of Sigüenza-Guadalajara has decided remove from the public mission to Celso García, an Augustinian religious condemned in 2012 by abuse of minors who, after leaving prison in 2015, was relocated as a parish priest in 24 small towns in the north of the province of Guadalajara.
After serving his sentence, he was exercising in these municipalities without any special caution, since October 2015. A spokesman for the Augustinians justified the decision now revoked because "he has fulfilled his debt with the law and justice." He added that "it is totally out of contact with minors, because they are very small towns with only an elderly population."
The Bishopric had explained in a communiqué that he had temporarily welcomed the Augustinian monk Celso García and carried out "a careful follow-up of his activity to guarantee his correct behavior" since the religious had committed "to take special care" in his relationship with children.
Sources of the Bishopric have told Efe in the early afternoon of this Tuesday that the monk has been removed from the public mission and will be entrusted to his superiors. According to these sources, the situation was already being evaluated although it has accelerated due to the information published about the monk, such as the one that published this newspaper on Monday.
The religious was denounced in 2010 by three children under the age of 11 and 12 years of the escolanía of the monastery of El Escorial, where he was a teacher. In addition to serving the criminal sentence between 2012 and 2015 the "corresponding canonical process" was carried out, a parallel investigation to the judicial one after which it had been assigned to this rural area under the direct supervision of the Bishopric of Sigüenza-Guadalajara to ensure its reintegration