Ex-Vatican diplomat jailed after being found guilty of possessing child porn

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Ex-Vatican diplomat jailed after being found guilty of possessing child porn

An ex-Vatican diplomat has been jailed for five years after admitting to possessing and distributing child pornography.

In the first trial of its kind inside the Vatican, Monsignor Carlo Capella admitted to viewing the images during what he called a period of ‘fragility’ and interior crisis. He apologised to his family and the Holy See, and appealed for leniency by saying the episode was just a ‘bump in the road’ of a priestly vocation he loved and wanted to continue.

Tribunal President Giuseppe Dalla Torre read out the verdict after a two-day trial and sentenced Capella to five years and a fine of €5,000 (£4,400). Prosecutor Gian Piero Milano had asked for the sentence to be stiffer due to what he called the ‘great’ amount of material seized.

This included 40 to 55 photos, films and Japanese animation found on his mobile phone, an iCloud and Tumblr account, which Capella accessed even after he had been recalled by the Vatican in August 2017. Capella’s attorney disputed that Capella had distributed the material. He denied the amount of porn was excessive and noted that his client had co-operated with investigators, repented and was seeking psychological help.

The Vatican recalled Capella after the US State Department notified it of a ‘possible violation of laws relating to child pornography images’ by one of its diplomats. Soon after, Canadian police issued an arrest warrant for Capella, accusing him of having accessed, possessed and distributed child porn over the Christmas 2016 holiday from a church in Windsor, Ontario using a social networking site.

During the first day of the trial on Friday, prosecutors and Vatican investigators revealed that the material featuring children aged 14-17 engaged in sexual acts. Capella admitted to having viewed the material during a period of internal crisis brought on by his job transfer from the Vatican secretariat of state to Washington. He said he realised now that it was vulgar and ‘improper’.

During a final statement begging for the minimum sentence, Capella apologised for the pain his ‘fragility’ and ‘weakness’ had caused his family, his diocese and the Holy See. ‘I hope that this situation can be considered a bump in the road’ and that the case could also could be useful for the church, he said.
 

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"Prosecutor Gian Piero Milano had asked for the sentence to be stiffer..."

Jou ou karnalie
 

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Honestly, this whole abstinence BS the Catholic Church enforces are to blame for this as well.
 

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He denied the amount of porn was excessive and noted that his client had co-operated with investigators, repented and was seeking psychological help.
Oh well, thats ok then. :erm: Let him free.
 
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