Italian diplomat faces child abuse charges

A Philippine prosecutor said on Monday there was probable cause to charge a detained Italian diplomat for allegedly abusing three street children.

Italian diplomat faces child abuse charges
Daniele Bosio was holidaying in Manila when he was arrested last month. Manila photo: Shutterstock

Daniele Bosio, 46, was holidaying in Manila when he was arrested last month after a children's advocacy group told police they saw him acting inappropriately with three unsupervised boys at a water fun park near Manila.

The boys, aged 9-12, then issued sworn statements to government social workers that before going to the fun park, Bosio took them to an apartment and "fondled their sex organs", according to the prosecutor's complaint.

Prosecutor Agripino Baybay, in his findings, rejected Bosio's defence that he was merely being compassionate and helping poor children have fun by taking them to the water park.

"The acts herein complained of, as shown in the evidence at hand, are lamentably not typical or distinctive of genuine affection for and passion to help the children involved," Baybay said in a nine-page resolution.

"Complainants' allegations that respondent fondled their sex organs…deserves a serious look."

Bosio, Italy's ambassador to Turkmenistan, has previously denied acting inappropriately with the children. Italy's foreign ministry suspended him shortly after he was arrested.

Baybay recommended Bosio be charged with three counts of violating the country's child abuse law, and three counts of human trafficking.

Those charges carry jail penalties of between six years and life.

Baybay did not say when the charges would be filed in court. Under Philippine, law respondents can still appeal the prosecutor's findings before the charges are laid.

Bosio's younger brother, Andreas, and their elderly parents had previously accused the authorities of "profiling" Bosio as a paedophile.

They had described him as an avid backpacker who liked to help underprivileged children and had even helped fund a children's school at a slum in Manila.

Telephone calls made by AFP to Andreas went unanswered Monday.

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Vatican suspends Chilean deacon accused of child abuse

The Vatican dismissed a Chilean deacon over sexual abuse accusations in central Chile, the archdiocese of the city of Rancagua said Friday, amid a widespread abuse scandal gripping the country's Catholic Church.

Vatican suspends Chilean deacon accused of child abuse
Pope Francis (pictured) in May accepted the resignation of five Chilean bishops amid accusations of abuse. Photo: AFP
Luis Rubio was arrested for improper conduct and sexual abuse of minors when he was in charge of a Las Cabras school in 2013.
A year later, the archdiocese of Rancagua dismissed him from his duties while an investigation was underway, with the results sent to the Vatican, which has now expelled him.
Rubio's case was brought to the forefront in May when a television report revealed an alleged network of sexual abuse carried out by a group of religious figures collectively known as “The Family.”
Rubio was interviewed in the report, during which he admitted he had “made a mistake, but not committed a crime.”
A total of 14 priests and other religious figures were suspended as the Church investigated the network, while Rancagua prosecutors also opened their own investigation.
Pope Francis in May accepted the resignation of five Chilean bishops amid accusations of abuse and related cover-ups. Meanwhile last week, prominent priest Oscar Munoz was arrested over allegations of sexual abuse and rape of at least seven children.
The pontiff also accepted the resignation of auxillary bishop Juan Jose Pineda in Honduras, who has faced allegations by former seminarians of sexual misconduct, the Vatican announced.
Pineda has given up his post as auxiliary bishop of the Catholic Church's archdiocese of Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital, the Vatican said in a brief statement.
In March, former seminarians had accused the 57-year-old cleric of “serious sexual misconduct,” according to the US weekly National Catholic Register.
The alleged incidents happened earlier this decade when Pineda was teaching at the archdiocese's seminary for those studying for the priesthood.
Pineda was considered the righthand man of Honduran Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga, one of the closest advisors to Pope Francis and head of the “C9”, a council of cardinals who assist the pontiff in reforming the Vatican.