FRANCISCAN FRIAR: Monk accused of abusing mentally-disabled cousin

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JOSE Q: The friar belongs to an order on the Camino de Santiago. Photo: Shutterstock

PROSECUTORS are seeking 17 years in prison for a monk accused of abusing a young relative and her mentally-disabled cousin in Lugo, Galicia.

Jose Q, aged 56 when the alleged crimes took place in 2014, is also accused of misappropriating church funds and prostituting a child.

Police believe the man – a member of a Franciscan order on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route – repeatedly abused the two women before offering them gifts of money, allegedly taken from the church’s funds.

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One girl, aged 15 at the time, said the monk had sex with her, while the other, aged 20 at the time and suffering from a mental disability, said he attempted intercourse with her before asking her to pose for sexual photos.

In a statement, Jose Q allegedly admitted the sexual acts but insisted they were consensual and accused the younger girl of leading him astray.  He reportedly admitted: “I have messed up in a bad way.”


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