New Ruling: Grassi a Free Man
September 20, 2010
[Translated into English by BishopAccountability.org. Click below to see original article in Spanish.]
A new ruling today allows Julio César Grassi to remain a free man, despite his sentence in 2009 to 15 years in prison for two counts of sex abuse and first-degree corruption of minors.
The ruling dismisses the demands of the prosecutors and plaintiffs’ lawyers for the detention of the priest.
The Criminal Court of Morón, composed of Judges Luis Andueza, Jorge Carrera, and Mario Gómez, ruled that Grassi would remain free until the punishment is finalized, that is, until it is ratified by the Supreme Court of Justice of Buenos Aires or, if needed, the Supreme Court of the Nation.
“The Court decided to dismiss our request for detention although in their ruling Grassi was prohibited from entering the Happy Children Foundation and meeting with the boys alone,” Alejandro Varela, prosecutor in the case, told Télam.
Last Tuesday, the Court of Justice had confirmed the sentence of 15 years for Grassi, although it did not make a resolution with respect to whether or not the priest would go to jail, since there were ongoing appeals to the Supreme Court of Justice of Buenos Aires.