Chile expands child sex abuse probe to 127 schools

The Malay Mail

Saturday, July 28, 2012
by AFP


CHILEAN authorities have expanded their probe into reports of child sex abuse to include more than 120 schools in the capital Santiago, double the number a week ago, officials said Friday.

“There are now 127 schools under investigation in the metropolitan region for complaints about offences that are sexual in nature,” prosecutor Sabas Chahuan said in a statement.

Last week, Chilean authorities had said 59 schools in Santiago were under investigation.

The most recent allegation is linked to John O’Reilly, an Irish Catholic priest and member of the Legionnaires of Christ who was suspended from the Colegio Cumbres school in the upscale Las Condes district of Santiago after a student’s family reported abuse.

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