French priest jailed over child abuse in Central Africa

French priest jailed over child abuse in Central Africa

A French court sentenced a priest on Thursday to up to five years in jail after finding him guilty of sexually abusing two young boys in the Central African Republic.

The priest, whose sentence may be suspended after two years, has also been banned from carrying out any professional activity that puts him in contact with minors.

The priest had admitted to one case of abuse in a letter in 2011 to the prosecutor of his home town in central France, Clermont-Ferrand.

But investigators had initially identified a total of four victims.

However, they lost track of two of them in the chaos of the Central African Republic’s civil war, which erupted in 2013.

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