Catholic priest Father Paolo Glaentzer who has been accused of abusing an 11-year-old child has said he thought the girl was 15 and it was the devil’s fault.
Father Paolo 70, 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.
The disgraced priest told an Italian newspaper that he is “very sorry” about what happened, but argued that “the devil tripped me” into abusing the girl.
Glaentzer 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.
The priest, who the interviewer noted seemed totally unbothered by the ongoing criminal case, said that he has “entrusted myself to Jesus and Mary.”
Even if Father Glaentzer’s victim was 15, the priest would still have broken the law. Italy’s age of consent is 16.