Pedophilia: Don Turturro, I Won't Return to My Parish

AGI [Sicily]
December 8, 2006

Palermo - A few days ago, the announcement of his imminent return to his Palermo parish had provoked a debate in church between those in favour and those against. Now the former parish priest of Santa Lucia, don Paolo Turturro, who is on trial for sexual abuse, is saving everyone from embarrassment and has announced he will step aside. The priest, who is famous for his anti-mafia battles, explained that he met Palermo's archbishop, Salvatore De Giogi: "It was a great moment," said don Turturro, who is now in Baucina, near Parlermo, "the cardinal was fatherly and very sweet. Soon I will have a new appointment, I will be a hospital chaplain." In October one of the presumed victims of sexual harassment blamed on don Turtutto, who was accused of sexual abuse in the second section of the court, had confirmed the abuse. Judges had heard the 14-year-old boy who during summer 2000, when he was only 8 and a half years old, had supposedly received an intimate kiss from the priest. The 14-year-old said the incident happened in Baucina (Palermo), during a summer camp organized by the anti-mafia parish priest, dedicated to the assistance of minors considered at risk. Turturro supposedly had the habit of tongue kissing the boy, but that day he went further. The boy was upset and told his family. Turturro has always denied the accusations.

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