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Spain’s Supreme Court confirms jail for pedophile priest

Spain's Supreme Court has confirmed a jail sentence of more than 17 years for a priest who sexually abused two boys, one of whose parents consented.

Spain's Supreme Court confirms jail for pedophile priest
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The news comes as a trickle of accusations of sexual abuse against priests in schools and seminaries over the past few years has started to erode the wall of silence surrounding abuse in Catholic Spain.   

In its verdict made public Wedneday, the Supreme Court confirmed a November 2017 sentence against Jose Donoso Fernandez, a former priest in the southwestern village of Mengabril, whom a provincial court sent to prison for 17 years and seven months.

It also confirmed a jail term of four years for the parents of one of the underage boys for committing sexual abuse “via omission, as they knew about and consented to the priest's sexual relations with their son.”   

The court said Donoso housed the Romanian couple and their children in 2013 and 2014 in the priest's parish house.   

“The family depended almost completely on the defendant Jose Donoso Fernandez, who took care of nearly all their expenses, food, clothes, the stay and schooling, and the bureaucratic paperwork they had to do,” the court said.   

The other victim was a 12-year-old altar boy.

READ ALSO: Spanish victims of Catholic priests speak out over sex abuse

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Man arrested on Madrid metro for ‘upskirting’ over 500 women

Spanish police said Wednesday they have arrested a man suspected of secretly recording videos of the underwear of over 500 women, some of them minors, on public transit and supermarkets.

Man arrested on Madrid metro for 'upskirting' over 500 women
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The man allegedly used a mobile phone concealed inside a backpack which he placed on the ground to take pictures up women's skirts in Madrid without their consent, a practice known as “upskirting”, police said in a statement.   

He then uploaded at least 283 of these videos to a pornographic site where they were viewed over a million times.

Police arrested the 53-year-old Colombian national while he was in the act of recording up the dress of a woman on the Madrid metro using a “strategically placed mobile phone” in his backpack, the statement said.   

He “acted in a compulsive way, daily, recording all the women that he could,” it added.

During one five-day period he recorded 29 different women, police said.   

The man operated in the metro and commuter trains and “in some cases followed some of the women from the metro to supermarkets to continue recording them,” Rafael Fernandez of the cybercrime unit of Spain's national 
police told reporters.   

Officers seized a laptop and three hard drives from his home which had videos with images of hundreds of women whom he secretly recorded.   

A total of 555 women, some of them underage, appear on the 283 videos which he posted online, Fernandez said.

Police have so far managed to identify 29 of the women, who have filed criminal complaints against the man, he added.   

The man has been charged with violating privacy, corruption as well as child abuse and child prostitution since some of his victims were underage, Fernandez said. He has been remanded in custody pending his trial.

Britain specifically outlawed “upskirting” earlier this year following an 18-month campaign by a victim who was secretly photographed at a music festival.

In South Korea women have held regular mass protests against such secretly filmed pornography known as “molka” as anger over the issue grows in the country.

READ ALSO: Madrid just banned 'manspreading' on all public transport 

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