Friday, October 22, 2010

Sex abuse priest arrested

Brazilian sex abuse priest arrested06:02 AEST Thu Sep 30 201022 days 6 hours 36 minutes ago
Police say they have caught a Roman Catholic priest who disappeared after he was convicted of sexually abusing young girls in southern Brazil.

A police officer in the state of Rio Grande do Sul says the Reverend Avelino Backes was arrested on Monday after being found in a hospital in the town of Santa Rosa.

The officer said on Wednesday he does not know why Backes was hospitalised. He asked not to be identified because he was not authorised to speak to the media.

Backes disappeared in 2008 after being sentenced to seven years in jail for molesting girls aged nine and 10 in the neighbouring state of Santa Catarina in the 1990s.

The 70-year-old priest will be sent back to Santa Catarina when he is discharged from hospital.

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