Priest Expelled from Seminary Works in Education
He was caught on hidden camera while paying adolescents for sex in San Martín Plaza
By Sergio Carreras
October 5, 2011
[Translated into English by BishopAccountability.org. Click below to see original article in Spanish.]
The ex-priest, who years ago was caught on hidden camera by a television news program in the act of paying minors for sex in San Martín Plaza in the city of Córdoba, is currently employed at the Ministry of Education of the Province of Córdoba.
Walter Eduardo Avanzini – who left the priesthood after the televised incident, and who, prior to that, starred in a sex scandal at the Major Seminary of Córdoba when he was deacon – now works in Villa Carlos Paz at the local headquarters of the Inspector of Education, under the management of Minister Walter Grahovac.
La Voz del Interior spoke with Delia Provinciali, District Secretary of Education, who confirmed that Avanzini works in the General Office of Private Schools (Dipe), which is supervised by Hugo Zanet, a former Salesian seminarian. Like Avanzini, Zanet is a native of Sampacho, a town located about 280 kilometers south of the city of Córdoba in the department of Rio Cuarto.
The Ministry of Education said that, after leaving the priesthood, Avanzini became a teacher and school secretary at Ipem 332 in Santa Cruz del Lago, a town located next to Villa Carlos Paz, and that from 2009 until the present has worked at the Inspection Office of Dipe, located on the main campus of the Universidad Tecnológica in Villa Carlos Paz.
Secretary Provinciali explained that “Avanzini entered as an employee of the Ministry of Education before our arrival to governance in 2007. He entered by way of the merit list, with high scores and qualifications, began teaching classes, and became secretary of the college. When the new Inspection Office opened in Carlos Paz in 2009, we enlisted him in administrative tasks to leverage his experience, and to work closely with the supervisor, where he took on a greater workload.”
Provinciali said that when he entered as an employee of the Ministry, the ex-priest presented his certificate of good conduct, which did not have criminal antecedents or references to the highly publicized episode that garnered international attention from the television program. She added that the ex-priest works solely in administration and not in the classroom with students.
Avanzini appeared on the television program “A decir verdad” (reported by journalist Miguel Clariá) among a group of adults who were paying minors for sex in the San Martín Plaza. Although the image was pixilated to obscure his face, he was immediately identified by the scholastic community of the city of Berrotarán, where he directed a religious school and exercised his priestly functions.