German Jesuit Sex Offender Lived in Chile

By Loretta van der Horst
Santiago Times
February 3, 2010

CHILE -- The recent confession by Wolfgang S., a former German Jesuit priest who admitted molesting high school kids in Berlin in the 1970s and 1980s, has Chileans concerned about what he was doing while lived in Chile between 1985 and 1991.

The former priest and sports teacher admitted the abuses to the German magazine Der Spiegel in a story published last week. Since then, about 20 of his former students have come forward claiming to be his victims.

Wolfgang S. left the Jesuit order in 1982 and moved to Chile in 1984 where he worked with both torture victims and Pinochet government officials. He told Der Spiegel that in Chile he was confronted with his "mirror image as a tormenter of children."

Eugenio Valenzuela, local leader of the Jesuit order, said the former priest worked in parishes in Chile from 1985 to 1991, but that he did not work in any schools.

"We never had any suspicion that he would be involved in abuses in Chile," he said, "and if we had, we would have acted with total transparency, like the German parishes have."



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