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Police: Charge 3 Brazilian priests with abuse

Last updated April 30, 2010 4:04 p.m. PT

Police: Charge 3 Brazilian priests with abuse
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Police in northeastern Brazil are recommending that three Roman Catholic priests be formally charged with sexually abusing boys.

The recommendation is contained in a report that police in Alagoas state gave to prosecutors Friday following their investigation of an 83-year-old priest allegedly caught on tape having sex with a young man.

Monsignor Luiz Marques Barbosa has been under house arrest for two weeks. A video was played on national television of a priest in bed with a former altar boy. A Senate commission questioning Barbosa played the tape, and he didn't deny it was him.

Police have also asked prosecutors to file charges against two other priests in the same diocese who have been accused of abuse by two other young men.

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