Prosecutors in Entre Ríos investigate claim priest raped nephew

Buenos Aires Times

September 29, 2020

Sergio Decuyper accuses his paternal uncle, Reverend José Francisco Decuyper, of raping him more than 35 years ago. 42-year-old says Pope Francis asked him not to file a criminal complaint.

Investigators in Entre Ríos Province are probing a new case of alleged historical sexual abuse by a priest from the Catholic Church, who stands accused of raping his nephew more than 35 years ago.

The probe refers to a complaint made by 42-year-old Sergio Decuyper, who has accused his paternal uncle, Reverend José Francisco Decuyper, of sexual abuse.

The incident allegedly took place at a family home near the city of Paraná, 480 kilometres northwest of Buenos Aires. Sergio alleges he was raped by the priest, who today is in his 80s.

The provincial Prosecutor’s Unit for Gender Violence and Sexual Abuse confirmed on Monday that it had opened a case based on a criminal complaint against the octogenarian priest.

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