Prosecutors Ask 14 Years for Priest

April 8, 2016

Rome, April 8 - Prosecutors on Friday requested a 14-year prison sentence against a priest they say repeatedly abused a little boy who had been entrusted to him by his parents.

Vito Beatrice, 71, is a priest at Sant'Alessio Church in Rome's tony Aventino neighborhood.

The priest is charged with sexual assault on a child aggravated by abuse of authority while he was the alleged victim's spiritual tutor between Easter 1995 and October 2004.

The alleged victim, now 28, tried to kill himself by jumping out a nightclub window into a river in February 2010. He then told his girlfriend and his parents about the abuse, finally reporting the priest in 2011.

Sentencing is expected at the end of the month.








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