The allegation: Trafficking in children and other crimes. priestunder his advisor was arrested for,well, ill let you read the article;
Father Riccardo Seppia, a 51-year-old parish priest in the village of
Sastri Ponente, near Genoa, was arrested last Friday, May 13, on
pedophilia and drug charges. Investigators say that in tapped
mobile-phone conversations, Seppia asked a Moroccan drug dealer to
arrange sexual encounters with young and vulnerable boys. “I do not want
16-year-old boys but younger. Fourteen-year-olds are O.K. Look for
needy boys who have family issues,” he allegedly said. Genoa Archbishop
Angelo Bagnasco, who is the head of the Italian Bishops Conference, had
been working with Benedict to establish a tough new worldwide policy,
released this week, on how bishops should handle accusations of priestly
Genoa, 16 Oct (AKI) - Prosecutors in Italy's northern port city of Genoa
were Monday due to question local priest Riccardo Seppia, who the
Catholic church suspended over the weekend after his arrest on
paedophilia and drugs charges.
Fifty-year-old Seppia was detained for “immoral behaviour with a minor
and the use of of stupefying substances”, according to a Genoa curia
Investigators opted to arrest Seppia on Saturday following surveillance
of his mobile phone and obscene text messages allegedly sent to teenage
boys, including a 15-year-old with whom he had arranged a sexual
encounter later that day. Investigators believe Seppia abused "at least
five" male youngsters in his parish.
"You're right. He's gorgeous and I'm going to f*** him," read one of
Seppia's text messages, according to investigators cited by Italian
daily La Repubblica. They had been tapping his phone for months as part
of a Milan-based drug trafficking probe from which it appears Seppia may
have been a regular client of one of the cocaine traffickers under
Investigators did not state who the recipient of the text message was
but a 40-year-old former trainee priest is being investigated in the
probe for procuring boys for Seppia and other clients.
In tapped mobile phone conversations investigators say they heard Seppia
propositioning another under-age youth in exchange for 50 euros and
offering an 18-year-old cocaine.
Seppia's habit of frequenting local gay bars late in the evening gained
him the nickname "the priest of the night" according to parishioners.
One was cited by La Repubblica as saying she had sent her children to
another parish for catechism classes when Seppia arrived at the church.