Transitory Release Given to Ex-Priest Who Abused Five Girls
In 2007, he was sentenced to 17 years in prison for abusing five girls between 7 and 14 years old in a chapel. Since last week, he benefits from a 24-hour monthly release.
November 7, 2012
[Translated into English by BishopAccountability.org. Click below to see original article in Spanish.]
The ex-priest, Mario Napoleón Sasso, one of the first priests in the country sentenced for abuse of minors, when he was parish priest of the chapel of the locality of La Lonja, in Pilar, was granted transitory release.
The ruling that permits Sasso to leave jail was made last week by the Court of San Isidro and carries the signatures of judges Celia Margarita Vázquez and Gustavo Herbel.
The Criminal Tribunal of San Isidro, that in 2007 sentenced Sasso to 17 years in prison for abusing in the chapel five girls who were between 7 and 14 years old, raised its opposition to the transitory release. However, according to Télam, the release order went into effect last week on the orders of the superior justices of the Court.
Sasso earned minimal privileges: 24-hour transitory release once a month. The Criminal Tribunal named as guarantor Sasso’s wife, Argentina Graciela Inés Miño, whom he married in 2007 while waiting in prison for the oral argument.
The lawyer, Ernesto Moreau, who represented the victims of the abuse against the ex- priest, said that the measure “shows the lack of fairness of the Justices, the impunity of powerful men, and the cover-up of the Catholic Church, who didn’t even apologize to the victims.” And so, he will appeal the measure.