Cana­dian war­rant is­sued for Vat­i­can diplo­mat

Capella ac­cused of uploading child porn in Wind­sor church

Waterloo Region Record - - WORLD - The Cana­dian Press

WIND­SOR — A Canada-wide ar­rest war­rant has been is­sued for a Vat­i­can diplo­mat ac­cused of uploading child pornog­ra­phy to a so­cial net­work­ing site while in a Wind­sor church over the Christ­mas pe­riod last year.

Wind­sor po­lice say they were alerted by the RCMP in Fe­bru­ary and launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion, even­tu­ally get­ting ju­di­cial per­mis­sion to ac­cess rel­e­vant in­ter­net records.

They say the al­leged of­fences took place be­tween Dec. 24 and 27 of last year. Po­lice say the 50-yearold sus­pect has since re­turned to his home in Italy, and also has ties to the United States as well as the Wind­sor area.

Carlo Capella is sought on charges of ac­cess­ing, pos­sess­ing and dis­tribut­ing child pornog­ra­phy.

The Vat­i­can re­called Capella af­ter the U.S. State Depart­ment no­ti­fied it Aug. 21 of a “pos­si­ble vi­o­la­tion of laws re­lat­ing to child pornog­ra­phy im­ages” by one of its diplo­mats in Wash­ing­ton.

The Vat­i­can — while not men­tion­ing Capella by name — says its own pros­e­cu­tor is in­ves­ti­gat­ing and seek­ing fur­ther in­for­ma­tion from the U.S.

The Dio­cese of London, Ont., con­firmed that it helped in­ves­ti­ga­tors who had sus­pi­cions of “pos­si­ble vi­o­la­tions of child pornog­ra­phy laws by us­ing a com­puter ad­dress at a lo­cal church.”

It de­clined fur­ther com­ment, cit­ing a po­lice re­quest.

The diplo­mat re­call was ex­pected to lurk in the back­ground of an in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence in Rome planned for next week at the Pon­tif­i­cal Gre­go­rian Univer­sity on pro­tect­ing chil­dren from on­line sex­ual ex­ploita­tion, pornog­ra­phy and abuse.

Car­di­nal Pi­etro Parolin, the Vat­i­can sec­re­tary of state and Capella’s boss, is set to de­liver the key­note speech Tues­day on “The Holy See and its com­mit­ment to com­bat­ing sex abuse on­line.”

Panel­lists at the con­fer­ence, which was or­ga­nized months ago, are to in­clude top law en­force­ment and aca­demic ex­perts.

CLAUDIO PERI, ANSA, THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Car­di­nal Pi­etro Parolin, Capella’s boss, is set to de­liver a speech Tues­day on “The Holy See and its com­mit­ment to com­bat­ing sex abuse on­line.”

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