Paedophile priest given seven years behind bars
PR dla Zagranicy
A court in the south-western city of Wroclaw sentenced Pawel K. to seven years in prison, Tuesday, after he was accused of sexually molesting three underage men.
Photo: PAP/Maciej Kulczyński
The court also banned the priest for life from working with children and ruled that the offender be treated for sexual deviancy.
Prosecutors had earlier asked for nine years for the priest, who was accused of a number of cases of paedophilia between spring 2011 and the end of 2012, including one case in 2005.
The priest was taken into custody in December 2012 while staying at a hotel in Wroclaw where he had checked in with a teenage boy, raising the suspicion of the hotel staff.
According to the court files, 44-year-old Pawel K. (surname withheld in accordance with Polish privacy laws) had sexual contacts with a number of underage men, additionally recording his sexual acts on digital media.
After the sentence had been passed, the Wroclaw Curate issued a statement which underlined that the priest had also been suspended by the bishop.
Pawel K. was earlier suspended from his clerical duties. In 2005 he was accused of possessing child pornography and in 2009 he was sentenced to a one year suspended sentence. (jb)