A former Italian diplomat and priest was sentenced Friday to five years in prison by a Vatican court after pleading guilty to possession and dissemination of child pornography.
Carlo Alberto Capella told the Rome court that he suffered a “personal crisis” while working for the Vatican Embassy in Washington.
Last August, the US State Department notified the Vatican that a member of his diplomatic corps was suspected of being in possession of images of child pornography.
Shortly after, Canadian police issued an arrest warrant against Bishop Capella, and the United States requested the lifting of his diplomatic immunity.
A request that the Vatican refused by recalling the priest in Rome, where he was tried. The pope listens to the victims of abuse Bishop Capella confessed to the court that he had developed a “morbid desire” because he was not happy in his work in Washington.
More than 40 incriminating images, including an explicit video involving a small child, were found in the personal affairs of the priest who will serve his sentence in the small Vatican prison. He is also ordered to pay a fine of 5,000 euros.