2 Maltese priests jailed for sex abuse

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Posted: Aug 02, 2011 9:45 AM
2 Maltese priests jailed for sex abuse

Two Maltese priests have been sentenced to 5 and 6 years in prison after they were convicted of sexually abusing boys under their care in a Catholic church home for children more than 20 years ago

The 11 boys were aged between 13 and 16 when the abuse took place in St Joseph's Home in the late 1980s. The victims are now in their late 30s

The Rev. Charles Pulis was sentenced Monday to 6 years while the Rev. Godwin Scerri was jailed for 5.

The case came to light in 2003 when one of the victims, Lawrence Grech, went public with his story. Pope Benedict XVI had met the victims in a private audience during his visit to this predominantly Catholic island last year.