Cancel Hearing against Priest Accused of Molestation

Dominican Today
January 16, 2006

SANTO DOMINGO.- The liquidator judge of the Altagracia (Higüey) Judicial District's Penal Chamber cancelled the hearing set for this morning against the priest Cirilo Núñez, the ex- priest Ramon Betances and others implied in the case of sexually molesting minors in a children's shelter, located in San Rafael del Yuma (east).

Judge Julio Cesar Medina cancelled the hearing to send the file by before the liquidator instruction judge Modesto Bigaíl Bernardino, to begin an additional process against Police corporal Henry Concepcion, who worked as a guard in the shelter and against who the charges were dismissed by a lower court. The lawyer Rosa Fernandez motioned to the court to include Concecion in the case.

Rigoberto González Padial

In addition of Núñez and Betances accused in the case are the shelter's sub administrator Rafael González Divison; Margarita Gardin de González, the wife of the deacon Rigoberto González Padial, who recently passed away, the couple Ventura Perez de la Cruz and Felipa Jose, the Haitian Jeniese Noncent and Maria Cristina Guerrero (Raysa).

Recently, the ex- priest Betances the priest Núñez and del Rosario Divinson were released on bail.

The deacon González Padial, one of the defendants in the rape case, passed away on January 4 in Santiago's Corominas Clinic.


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