Chilean priest accused of sexually abusing minors arrested
SANTIAGO, Chile – Government arrested a clergyman Thursday on accusations of sexually abusing minors, the newest flip in a scandal engulfing Chile’s Roman Catholic Church for having coated up abuses for many years.
Oscar Munoz Toledo, a clergyman who was once as soon as the chancellor of Santiago’s archbishopric, was once arrested via police at the orders of prosecutor Emiliano Arias, who’s investigating 14 different suspended monks within the southern diocese of Rancagua for allegedly collaborating in a community of abuse.
Munoz is accused of the abuse and statutory rape of 7 minors, and Arias didn’t rule out that there have been extra sufferers. Munoz, who reported himself in January for a case of abuse, was once scheduled to be taken to courtroom Friday. Government are investigating whether or not he had accomplices.
Munoz, 56, is the primary lively priest arrested for sexual abuse since March, when a document ordered via Pope Francis published a tradition of abuse and cover-u.s.for many years in Chile’s church. If he’s discovered responsible, Munoz may well be sentenced to jail.
His arrest got here one month after prosecutors raided the diocese of Rancagua, 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Santiago, together with the Ecclesiastical Tribunal of Santiago’s archbishopric, to grasp subject matter associated with the scandal. On Thursday, Arias ordered a brand new raid at the Santiago places of work.
Munoz was once vice chancellor for Bishop Emeritus Francisco Javier Errazuriz, after which in 2011 he was once promoted to be chancellor Ricardo Ezzati, the present archbishop of Santiago. Each had been accused via sufferers of masking up the crimes of pedophile priest Fernando Karadima.
Talking about Munoz, Ezzati stated he felt “a really perfect ache for him, for his circle of relatives and for the sufferers.”
The daddy of considered one of Munoz’s alleged sufferers declared in January that his son was once underage when he suffered “a few beside the point touches, caresses. There was once by no means intercourse, however there have been provocations or insinuations that it will have to occur.”
The scandal battering the Chilean church reached the purpose the place in Would possibly, 31 bishops introduced their resignation to the pope. Up to now Francis has accredited the resignations of 5 bishops.