Polish priest charged with Dominican Republic child sex abuse
February 19, 2014
A Polish Catholic priest has been charged with four counts of sex offences against children in Poland and in the Dominican Republic, where he used to lead a parish in the highland town of Juncalito, Polish prosecutors said on Tuesday.
The 36-year-old Father Wojciech G. (full name withheld under Polish law) was detained by Polish police near the southern city of Cracow on Monday on suspicion he allegedly had sexual relations with minors under the age of 15.The priest has been under investigation by the Polish prosecutors since September.
"Two of the charges concern acts that took place in the Dominican Republic, to the harm of citizens of the Dominican Republic, and two concern acts that took place in Poland and concern Polish citizens," Przemyslaw Nowak, spokesman for the District Public Prosecutor's Office in Wars, told a news conference.
The priest had earlier denied any wrongdoing in a televised interview in October, suggesting he was set up by local drug gangs.
“We received documents from the Dominican Republic that, among other things, allow us to press charges," Nowak told reporters on Monday.
Wojciech G. faces up to 12 years in prison if convicted.
Another Polish priest that worked in the Dominican Republic, Vatican nuncio Archbishop Josef Wesolowski, was recalled last September by the Vatican and is being investigated there on child sexual abuse charges.