Argentine Catholic bishop sentenced to 4 1/2 years in jail in sex abuse trial


Reuters | Updated: 04-03-2022 20:35 IST | Created: 04-03-2022 20:35 IST
Argentine Catholic bishop sentenced to 4 1/2 years in jail in sex abuse trial

A Catholic bishop accused of sexually abusing young men studying to be priests was found guilty by a court in northern Argentina on Friday, capping over a week of often graphic testimony in the latest sex crimes criminal case to hit the global church.

Gustavo Zanchetta, the former bishop of Oran in the northern province of Salta, was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison for the crimes, according to a statement from the court Zanchetta, who had denied all charges in both the criminal trial as well as a Vatican cannon law investigation, had been a prominent member of the Church and had helped lead a key financial and accounting office in the Vatican.

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