Chilean judge: No sex abuse charges for ex-priest

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Posted: Oct 20, 2011 2:31 PM
Chilean judge: No sex abuse charges for ex-priest

A lawyer for three men allegedly abused by a prominent Chilean priest says a judge has declined to press charges.

Retired priest Fernando Karadima has been punished by the Vatican, ordered to a life of seclusion and prayer for sexually abusing his parishioners. But the men want the courts to establish the truth.

Attorney Juan Pablo Hermosillo says Judge Jessica Gonzalez declined to press charges because of a problem with the statute of limitations. The lawyer says the judge still has to rule on the veracity of the charges.

Karadima is 80 years old and was protected for years by Roman Catholic Church officials in Santiago before the men went public with their allegations.