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Catholic Official Guilty Of Child Porn Charges

Monsignor Was Under Investigation By U.S. & Canadian Authorities

June 23, 2018 - 8:35 am
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VATICAN CITY (AP) -The Vatican tribunal has convicted a former Holy See diplomat and sentenced him to 5 years in prison for possessing and distributing child pornography in the first such 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 sparked by a job transfer to the Vatican embassy in Washington. He said the 40 to 55 photos, films and Japanese animation found on his cellphone, an iCloud and Tumblr account were just a "bump on the road" of a priestly vocation that he loved and wanted to continue.

Tribunal President Giuseppe Dalla Torre read out the verdict Saturday after a two-day trial that ended with Capella appealing for a lenience sentence.

 Dalla Torre said that Capella continued to access the material even after he had been recalled by the Vatican in August 2017.

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