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Wednesday November 20, 2013

Dominican Republic Prosecutors Conclude Papal Nuncio Sexually Abused Boys

Dominican Republic prosecutors investigating former Archbishop and Papal Nuncio Jozef Wesolowski, on allegations of child sexual abuse, have concluded he sexually abused at least five boys under the age of 15.

Last fall, a local news program aired allegations that Wesolowski had paid to have sex with minor boys in the capital city of Santo Domingo.  The investigative report also indicated Wesolowski was a regular vistor to the Zona Colonial area of Santo Domingo where he was seen drinking and paying for sex in open areas of the Zona.

Wesolowski, 65, had been representing Vatican interests in the predominantly Catholic country for the last six years, when these allegations surfaced.  The Polish priest was ordained by then Bishop Karol Wojtyla who later became Pope John II and will soon become a saint. 

The Catholic priest has been under investigation by Dominican authorities after the abuse allegations surfaced and officially removed from his duties by the Vatican in August. 

Dominican prosecutors have sent their findings, including testimony from the five young men, to the Vatican.  Some of the other damning testimony indicates that Wesolowski used cocaine and had sexual relations with a deacon. 

Dominican authorities report that the Vatican and church officials were fully cooperative in the investigation.  Authorities will now have to determine if they will charge Wesolowski with child sexual abuse.

 

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