• Spain's news in English
 
app_header_v3
Third Catholic teacher admits to sexual abuse in Barcelona
Stock image of rosary and bible. Photo: Roger Smith / Flickr

Third Catholic teacher admits to sexual abuse in Barcelona

AFP · 8 Mar 2016, 09:04

Published: 08 Mar 2016 09:04 GMT+01:00

The man, who is in his 70s and was identified only by his initials A.F., can be heard in the video recorded with a hidden camera apologising to one of the victims he abused in the 1980s.

"I don't know why I did it...it was like a child's game," he says in the video posted on the website of Barcelona-based daily newspaper El Periodico de Catalunya which masked his face.

The victim said he was sexually abused by the former teacher dozens of times when he was 8-14 years old. His allegations were not refuted by the former teacher.

The abuse took place at a Marist school in Les Corts, a Barcelona neighbourhood, at the centre of a paedophile scandal which erupted in February after the paper published the confession of a former gym teacher who said he had sexually abused his students.

The teacher spoke to the newspaper before being questioned by a judge who is investigating complaints of sexual abuse filed by five families against him.  

The newspaper article triggered a wave of fresh complaints. There are now a total of 29 complaints against six former teachers from three Marist schools in Barcelona.

Three of the former teachers, including the man featured in the video released on Monday, have confessed.

The Archbishop of Barcelona, Juan Jose Omella, apologised to the victims,  in an interview published on Sunday in El Periodico de Catalunya.

The Marist community - a Roman Catholic teaching order - did not know of the abuse until now and followed the protocols in place as to how to deal with such cases, he added.

Story continues below…

The scandal has caused outrage in Spain, where there have been few sexual abuse scandals involving the Church.

The biggest case to date erupted at the end of 2014 when a former altar boy complained of having been molested as a child by priests in the southern city of Cordoba, in a case which drew the attention of Pope Francis who was vowed "zero" tolerance for paedophilia.

Ten Catholic priests and two laymen were initially charged over the case, although eventually charges were dropped against all but one of them, on the grounds that too much time had passed since the alleged crimes took place.

For more news from Spain, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Gibraltar leader fears Spain sovereignty push over Brexit
Gibraltar's chief minister, Fabian Picardo. Photo: Jorge Guerrero/AFP

Spain may try to force the issue of joint sovereignty with Britain over Gibraltar in the event of a Brexit, the territory's chief minister said in an interview aired on Saturday.

What's on in Spain: June 2016
The Battle of Wine festival. Photo: AFP

Spaniards celebrate the arrival of summer with a month of festivals, concerts, and fairs.

Real Madrid come home to ecstatic crowds in capital
"How can I not love you!," shouted the ecstatic crowd at the Plaza de Cibeles. Photo: AFP

Thousands of Real Madrid fans chanted and waved supporter scarves under a rain of confetti on Sunday in the Spanish capital as the team returned home after an historic 11th European Cup win.

Real Madrid 'win lottery' to land Champions League title
Ronaldo posing with the trophy on Saturday night. Photo: AFP

Real Madrid striker, Cristiano Ronaldo, said penalties are just a game of chance after scoring the winning spot-kick to give Real Madrid an 11th Champions League crown on Saturday.

Spaniards hold 'march of dignity' ahead of new polls
The march was the latest in a series of protests which began on March 22 and has gathered support from around the country. Photo: AFP

A month ahead of a general election, thousands of disgruntled Spaniards attended a "march of dignity" Saturday demanding "bread, work and shelter" and an end to "neo-liberal policies imposed by Brussels".

Spain arrests seven over stolen Bacon paintings
Francis Bacon's 'Figure Writing Reflected in Mirror' is auctioned in New York City in 2012. Photo: AFP

Spanish police said Saturday they had arrested seven people suspected of involvement in the theft of five paintings worth €25 million ($27.8 million) by renowned British artist Francis Bacon.

Colombia rebels free Spanish journalist
Salud Hernandez-Mora talking to journalists after her release. Photo: AFP

The Colombian rebel group ELN freed a prominent Spanish-Colombian journalist and two local TV reporters Friday after holding them for nearly a week.

Recipe: How to make Spain's summer classic gazpacho
Gazpacho is the perfect lunchtime refresher in the summer heat. Photo: Harlan Harris / Flickr

Chilled, refreshing, and delicious, a bowl of gazpacho is a must during Spain's sizzling summer months.

Model found guilty of murder of Brit millionaire ex-boyfriend
Mayka Kukucova with British businessman Andrew Bush. Photo: Facebook

A Slovakian swimwear model has been found guilty for murdering her British millionaire ex-boyfriend at a court in Malaga.

Spanish bishop demands staff get 'anti-paedo certificate'
Stock photo of priests: AFP

The Bishop of Lleida has requested all staff, including priests and monks, prove they are not paedophiles.

National
Stunning cave paintings found 300 metres below Spain
Sponsored Article
Eat, learn, live: unforgettable holidays in France
Travel
Five good reasons why Extremadura should be on your bucket list
Lifestyle
Top Ten: Barcelona's coolest rooftop bars
National
Plane forced to dodge THREE drones to land in Bilbao
National
Spain launches campaign to stop English 'invasion'
Culture
Ten unique Basque words you need to learn right now
National
'It’s time to dig up Franco' say victims of Spain's dictatorship
Lifestyle
'Severe jellyfish stings' end Brit's Spanish swim feat
Sport
5 reasons why Spanish clubs dominate European football
International
Tesco to bring British tea and biscuits to Spanish stores
Culture
Bucket list: 16 brilliant things to do once in your life in Spain
National
Spain's Civil War victims to be exhumed from Franco's tomb
National
Two mums face jail for leaving kids in car to go out drinking
Education
Students at Spanish college forced to take exorcism class
National
Ten superb reasons why you need to visit San Sebastián
Society
Abused wife saved by hiding SOS note in son's homework
National
Look up! Rare meteor shower set to dazzle skies over Spain
Politics
Why Spain is heading for a Groundhog day election
Travel
Ibiza bans drinking in street… and that includes water
National
Expats didn't 'abandon' UK so ALL Brits should get EU vote
Features
What's on in Spain: May 2016
Travel
Discover Spain's breathtaking national parks
National
Couple caught on camera having sex on metro platform
3,353
jobs available