Priest ‘thought’ abuse victim was older


July 27, 2018

Under house arrest, blames girl for initiating

Prato, Italy – A priest arrested for alleged sexual abuse of a 10-year-old girl attempted to justify himself by saying that he thought “she was 14 or 15”.

The priest, Paolo Glaentzer, 70, made this claim during a July 24 interrogation.

He admitted that he had engaged in similar behavior with the girl “at least three other times” but blamed the girl for initiating it. He was caught in the act by two neighbors and then arrested by the Carabinieri police and has been placed under house arrest in Bagni di Lucca.

The preliminary investigative judge said that the man had shown obstinacy in continuing such “deviant and illicit modes of behavior”.

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