Top court confirms 15-year sex abuse term for priest

Argentina’s Supreme Court has upheld the 15-year prison sentence of a priest convicted of sexually abusing a boy in his “Happy Children Foundation.”

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentina’s Supreme Court has upheld the 15-year prison sentence of a priest convicted of sexually abusing a boy in his “Happy Children Foundation.”

Father Julio Cesar Grassi has maintained his innocence and he’s been able to live for a decade in a home across the street from the foundation despite allegations that he abused more than a dozen children there. All but one charge was dismissed for lack of evidence, but the courts still found him guilty of abusing one boy.

The victim’s attorney, Juan Pablo Gallego, called for Grassi to be put behind bars quickly now that his conviction is confirmed.