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The Prosecutor’s Office requests 67 and a half years in prison for the Salesian accused of abusing minors in Vigo

The detainee when he arrived at the Cambados courts.

The detainee when he arrived at the Cambados courts.

The Court of Instruction number 4 of Cambados has decreed the opening of oral proceedings and has declared the accusation for crimes of sexual abuse against the priest who worked as a religion teacher at the Salesianos de Vigo College, as well as against the center, as a subsidiary civil responsible.

The magistrate understands that there are indications that the suspect, Segundo C., 41, committed twelve crimes of sexual abuse, one of them continued, on six minors under the age of sixteen.

The Prosecutor requests for the suspect 67 and a half years in jail, while the private accusation exercised by the Friends of Galicia Foundation claims 30 years in prison. For their part, the relatives of three affected minors, who exercise a private accusation, demand a 54-year prison sentence in relation to the events that occurred with respect to these three victims. In the case, there are two other private accusations brought by the families of two minors. Each of them asks for five years in prison for the abuses allegedly committed in relation to their clients.

In addition, the judge requires the accused and, where appropriate, the school, to pay 160,000 euros deposit to ensure the pecuniary liabilities that may be imposed on them, with the warning that if they do not provide it, they will be seized goods in sufficient quantity to ensure the indicated amount.

“Purpose of satisfying your sexual appetite”

The suspect allegedly committed the events between July 15 and 23, 2019, during some coexistence that he himself directed and that they were organized by the school, through the Abertal association, at the Salesians’ facilities located in Cambados. The judge underlines in the order, which concluded the investigation last January, that “there are indications” that the accused, “Working in order to satisfy their sexual appetiteHe violated the sexual freedom and indemnity of persons under the age of sixteen under his charge ”, carried out“ libidinous acts consisting of touching the penis and genitals ”of the minors. The instructor emphasizes that she took advantage of “a situation of hierarchical superiority, derived from the fact that he was a priest at the juvenile school, a teacher there and director of the youth camp.”

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The priest, according to this car, he also abused two minors during a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela organized by the Salesianos de Vigo school in April 2019. One of them was allegedly touched again in the Cambados camp. In June 2019, according to the instructor, the priest allegedly abused a minor who attended the Abertal youth association, dependent on the Salesian school, to see the final of the Champions League.

In the resolution to open the trial of this February 19, against which there is no recourse, the investigator indicates that, once the oral trial is opened, the defendant will be summoned so that within three days he appears in the case with a lawyer and attorney. Once this procedure has been completed, a transfer will be made of the proceedings to the priest and the Salesian college of the accusation documents so that, within ten days, they present a defense brief. The body in charge of prosecuting the facts will be the Provincial Court of Pontevedra.

Almost a year in provisional prison

The parents of those affected filed a complaint against the priest at the Vigo police station in July 2019 once one of the minors rHe went home from the camp and related what had happened. After about six hours of statements by four victims, witnesses and the defendant himself -the last one to testify-, the magistrate of the Court of Instruction 1 of Cambados, acting as guard, decreed provisional prison communicated and without bail.

In April of last year the Provincial Court agreed to release the priest. The release order, dated April 30, rejected the decision of the court directing the case, Instruction 4 of Cambados, which had ratified the deprivation of liberty measure.

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The provincial court understood that there was no longer a risk of flight by the accused nor destruction of evidence, since the instruction is almost finished and the entire test has been carried out. Similarly, as a precautionary measure, he imposed a restraining order for those under 500 meters. This fact, and to certify its compliance, the accused decided to move outside the city of Vigo.

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