Wednesday, October 8, 2008

PRIEST CONVICTED OF DOWNLOADING CHILD PORN PICS

PRIEST CONVICTED OF DOWNLOADING CHILD PORN PICS
(ANSA) - Siracusa, November 15 - A priest has been found guilty of downloading child pornography from the Internet in the first conviction to result from a major probe by prosecutors in this Sicilian city.A court here handed Father Rigger Hansjorg, dean of a theological college in the northern city of Bressanone, an 18-month suspended prison sentence and 2,000-euro fine.On the request of the prosecution, the court also ordered that the professor's computer be sold and the pornograhic images found in his home be destroyed.Father Hansjorg was one of 186 people all over the country who were investigated by Siracusa prosecutors in 2005 after internet experts found them to be holders of passwords for a hardcore child pornography site.The site contained films of sexual abuse involving girls aged between four and eight.Telefono Arcobaleno, an organisation which campaigns against child abuse of all types, called for Father Hansjorg to be thrown out of the priesthood.The organisation, which was a civil plaintiff in the trial, noted that in Italy it is a crime to pay for access to websites hosting images of child pornography.
http://www.lifeinitaly.com/news/news-detailed.asp?newsid=7374

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