Brazil: 3 priests sentenced in sex abuse of minors
RIO DE JANEIRO—A juvenile court judge in Brazil's northeastern state of Alagoas has sentenced three priests for sexually abusing minors for years.
Monsignor Luiz Marques Barbosa was sentenced to 21 years in prison on Monday, while Monsignor Raimundo Gomes and priest Edilson Duarte were given 16 years and four months in prison.
Three former altar boys said they were between 12 and 16 when they began to be assaulted. Prosecutors said the priests kept the boys quiet with money and then with threats.
One of the victims videotaped a sexual act between Barbosa and an altar boy. The video was posted online and sold in street fairs, shocking Arapiraca, the second largest city in the state.
The priests pleaded not guilty.