Vatican judge guilty of sex abuse & child porn possession

Vatican judge guilty of sex abuse & child porn possession February 23, 2018

Monsignor Pietro Amenta, centre,  a former  judge of the Roman Rota, the Vatican’s highest appellate court, has received a suspended sentence of one year and two months after he was found guilty by the Tribunal of Rome of sexual molestation and possessing of child pornography.
According to this report, Amenta was detained by police after an incident in March 2017, in which he allegedly fondled the genitals of a young but over-age Romanian man in a Roman market.

The man reportedly then followed Amenta and summoned police, who took Amenta into custody.
An investigation later discovered roughly 80 pornographic images on Amenta’s personal computer, some involving minors, leading to a second charge in the case.
Amenta resigned his position from the Rota last week, according to a Vatican spokesperson.
Amenta has previously faced charges of obscenity in 1991 and sexual molestation in 2004, though neither of those charges led to convictions. In 2013, Amenta himself made a complaint to police of being robbed by two transsexuals.
The February 14 conviction in the Amenta case came just two weeks after the Vatican’s chief prosecutor, Gian Piero Milone, revealed that other such investigations are also underway and said that the Vatican is “determined” to prosecute such crimes.
The inquiries underway are in their preliminary phase, and are conducted conscientiously, with the greatest discretion, out of respect for all the persons involved.
Amenta’s Tribunal sentence does not rule out the possibility that he could also face either criminal charges or canonical sanctions before a Church court.
The outcome in the Amenta case comes at a time when Vatican prosecutors are also looking into charges against Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella, a former official of the Vatican embassy in Washington, DC, who faces charges in Canada after allegedly using a computer in Windsor to download and distribute pornographic material, including child pornography.
The charges against Capella were relayed to the Vatican embassy in Washington by the US State Department, and Capella was recalled to Rome to face a Vatican criminal probe. According to reports, he’s currently living under a form of house arrest at the Collegio dei Penitenzieri, the same location where Archbishop Józef Wesolowski, another Vatican diplomat, died in 2015 after facing charges of child abuse during as assignment in the Dominican Republic.
Amenta was one of 22 “auditors,” or judges, of the Roman Rota, and was appointed to the position by Pope emeritus Benedict XVI in 2012. Though the Rota can hear disputes involving any aspect of Church law, the majority of its caseload is devoted to annulment procedures from around the world.
Prior to his current assignment, Amenta had served as a lawyer in Italian ecclesiastical tribunals, as a university professor of Church law, and as a judge in the tribunal of the Vicariate of Rome for several years.
From 1996 to 2012, Amenta also served as an official of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

Meanwhile, it’s reported here that a former American district Arkansas judge, O Joseph Boeckmann, 72, above, has been sentenced to five years in federal prison and fined $50,000 for giving male defendants for lighter sentences in exchange for sexual favours.
Boeckmann admitted to a seven-year fraud and bribery scheme in which he’d dismiss minor criminal cases for nude photos or sexual favors from his male defendants.
He’d invite young males to complete community service at his home. Then he’d photograph them nude as they picked up trash.
The ethics complaint against him said the pictures depicted:

Young men, many naked, who are in various poses inside the judge’s home and outside his yard.

His computer also had:

Numerous photos of naked young men bending over after an apparent paddling.

Allegations of Boeckmann’s activity date back three decades. At the sentencing hearing, the prosecution had sought to include FBI investigations with allegations of similar acts by Boeckmann in the mid-1990s.
Prosecutors had recommend three years in prison, but US District Judge Kristine Baker gave him five years for acting corruptly and obstructing judges while on the bench.
Boeckmann was a judge from 2009-15 in northeast Arkansas, 60 miles west of Memphis. He resigned in May 2016 before his October 2016 indictment.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn (Boeckmann report)

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  • L.Long

    WOW! Another LIAR4jesus found to be a liar and hypocrite!!! Surprise abounds!!!

  • barriejohn

    The long harm of the law?

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  • Henri

    One gets the distinct feeling that if the computer of any RCC official is analysed there is a good possibility, say 1:5, that it would contain evidence sexual deviancy and criminal behaviour.
    I think its time that crime agencies start a systematic programme to hack the PCs of the RCC clerics. It must be a veritable cornucopia of incriminating data.

  • Henri

    Slightly OT.
    Operation Sanctuary review finds adult abuse ‘extensive’
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-43153556
    The review has found that “most of the men were British-born but all came from Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian, Iraqi, Iranian or Turkish communities”.
    Why dont the investigators have the balls to state the true common factor amongst these men. These MEN are ALL MUSLIMS. They treat KUFFAR WOMEN and GIRLS fit only to be drugged up and sexually exploited. Muslim women are out of bounds. Go near one of those and you are going to get a hit squad banging on your door. No, kuffar girls and women are worse than trash and deserve to get raped and trafficked by muslim gangstas brothers.
    IT IS MUSLIMS WHO DO THIS. BEING A SEX STARVED DYSFUNCTIONAL MUSLIM MAN is the COMMON FACTOR.

  • AgentCormac

    An excellent opportunity for Frankie to show the world he means it when it comes to sorting out paedo priests. But don’t hold your breath.

  • Gaurav Tyagi

    All these so called priests and pastors of every religion are sexual predators preying upon young, defence less, ignorant kids. They initiate and coerce children into sex while also targeting their mothers and picking the pockets of their fathers, all in the name of Jesus, Allah, Krishna, Buddha etc.

  • Broga

    It won’t affect Amenta’s long term job prospects.

  • 1859

    What’s ‘paddling’? Being whacked on the arse? This is too graphic for my tastes!

  • Robster

    Got to give these sexually batshit pastors and ilk full marks for creativity in their criminal activity. The procedure of naked young men undertaking “community service” at the judge’s residence is a first. Clergies now judges, mind you the percentage of sexually deranged clerics is far beyond that of the recalcitrant judiciary.