Priest Arrested for Sexual Abuse
Victim an adolescent girl who attended his parish in Formosa
March 11, 2011
[Translated into English by BishopAccountability.org. Click below to see original article in Spanish.]
Daniel Giménez, now in the hands of justice, after he was denounced by the mother of the girl; he is accused of abusing the minor, at the time a catechism student, during a religious field trip.
A priest of Formosa was arrested yesterday, accused of sexually abusing an adolescent girl during a field trip they took “for religious motives” to the interior of the province of Formosa.
The detention was ordered by presiding judge Gustavo Schaffer of Criminal and Correctional Court No. 2 of Formosa, against priest Daniel Giménez, who works at Parroquia San Antonio de Padua, in the City of El Colorado.
The complaint was issued at the beginning of February after the mother of the adolescent girl, at the time a catechism student, made the formal accusation that her daughter was abused during a field trip “for religious motives” that the two of them took from El Colorado to the City of Formosa.
Schaffer opted to detain Giménez in a building of the Fire Station of the Provincial Police. The priest may testify in the coming hours (it’s expected that the priest will give testimony today; meanwhile, he remains in custody).
The priest, an assistant minister designated by the Office of the Bishop of Formosa, was part of a Peace Force sent to Chipre, although “he doesn’t have military rank and neither is he a chaplain, and his assignment is limited to spiritual support,” said sources of the military institution to news agency Télam.
The priest is accused of “sexual abuse with carnal access, aggravated by his double identity as religious minister and protector of the victim,” confirmed judiciary sources. His role as protector stems from the trust the mother of the victim placed in him because of the connection her family maintained with the activities of the parish.
After her medical exams, the adolescent girl underwent “psychological treatment.”