An Italian Catholic priest Father Paolo Glaentzer accused of sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl in a car has said he thought the girl was 15 and it was the devil’s fault.
Even if Glaentzer’s victim was 15, the priest would still have broken the law. Italy’s age of consent is 16 when one partner holds some kind of power and influence over the other, like a priest or teacher does.
The disgraced priest was arrested last month for allegedly molesting an 11-year-old girl in a car. The court did not jail the priest, but he is currently being held on house arrest in Italy as an investigation continues.
Paolo Glaentzer, 70 said that the encounter was “an exchange of affection” that got out of control, and added that the victim seemed “much more mature than she was.”
“I found out she was 11 years old…I thought she was at least 15,” he told the newspaper.
Glaentzer told an Italian newspaper that he is “very sorry for his actions and added that “the devil tripped me” into abusing the girl.
According to the interviewer, the priest seemed totally unbothered by the ongoing criminal case and stated that he has “entrusted myself to Jesus and Mary.”