sentenced in Argentina over sex abuse
December 30, 2009
A former Roman Catholic archbishop in Argentina been sentenced to
eight years in prison for sexually abusing a young seminarian while
still in office.
Edgardo Storni, 73, was in charge of the archdiocese of Santa Fe
when he abused the male student in 1992.
He will serve his sentence under house arrest because of his age.
His lawyers say he will appeal.
|Edgardo Storni resigned as archbishop in 2002
Storni's victim said he was relieved by the conviction and it would
allow him to move on with his life.
Judge Maria Mascheroni said Storni had taken advantage of his position
of authority over his student
He is the fourth priest in Argentina to be convicted of sex crimes.
An internal church investigation into alleged sexual misconduct
carried out by the former cleric, commenced in 1994 but Agence France-Presse
reported that church officials did not comment on this conviction.
The BBC's correspondent Candace Piette in Buenos Aires says the
case against Storni gained momentum when an Argentine journalist
wrote a book in 2000 describing the abuse of seminarians during
spiritual retreats in his diocese.
Although many of these allegations were dismissed by several judges,
the case involving this particular seminarian went ahead.
Storni, who currently lives on a farm owned by the archdiocese
in Cordoba, resigned from his role as archbishop in 2002.
Storni's lawyer Eduardo Jauchen said this case had been based on
"rumours, suspicions and one-sided accounts".