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Former Priest Charged with Multiple Instances of Sexual Abuse of Minors

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According to the indictment, between 2019 and 2022, the man engaged in sexual acts with four minors, two of whom were under the age of fourteen.

In Kecskemét, Hungary, charges have been brought against a former priest for multiple instances of sexual abuse committed by taking advantage of his position of power, involving boys attending his religious education classes and the youth group he led.

Spokesperson for the Bács-Kiskun County Prosecutor’s Office Marianna Négyessyné Bodó stated in a press release sent to MTI on Tuesday that according to the indictment, during his service as a clergyman in Bács-Kiskun County, the ‘former ecclesiastical figure’ actively participated in the church’s youth community life, serving as the organizer for several groups. Boys were regular visitors to the communal space established at the parish. The man taught religious education and engaged several minors he came into contact with as assistants during the church services.

‘Having become acquainted with their families and financial circumstances, he gave several boys money, food, or other gifts, on condition that they would visit him at the parish. The man also maintained contact with the boys through social media platforms, addressing them with affectionate terms and urging them to meet in person,’ the statement reads.

According to the indictment, between 2019 and 2022 the former clergyman engaged in sexual acts with four minors, two of whom were under the age of fourteen. The vulnerable minors were intimidated and embarrassed, and therefore did not resist his actions.

The prosecution has requested the imposition of a prison sentence on the man who has been in custody since his arrest, with no possibility of parole. Additionally, should the court find him guilty, in accordance with legal provisions in force the man will be permanently barred from any occupation involving the care, supervision, guardianship, or medical treatment of individuals under the age of eighteen, or from any position of power or influence over minors.

In Hungary sexual abuse, especially when it involves minors, is a serious crime with significant legal repercussions. Since 2014 sexual crimes committed against minors, if the criminal acts in questions are punishable with a prison term that exceeds five years, do not expire.

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Sources: Hungarian Conservative/MTI