A priest from the state of Táchira, in western Venezuela, on the border with Colombia, has been accused of the crime of sexual abuse against a 13-year-old girl, according to the country’s attorney general. , Tarek William Saab, this Monday.
“Accused by the Public Ministry the priest of the parish of Ermita, (…) Nepomuceno Hernández, for the crime of sexual abuse of a minor”, wrote the attorney general on his Twitter account, where he shared a photograph of the priest.
Saab explained that the priest, under the influence of alcohol, “invited the 13 year old girl to eat (…) and then sexually assault her”.
Last Thursday, the prosecutor announced that the prosecutor’s office is promoting the campaign “Pedophilia is a crime” with which it seeks to combat this crime. and “protect boys, girls and adolescents from the so-called sexual predators, which may jeopardize their integrity and safety.”
“The objective is to make the population aware of the need and importance of protect children and adolescents against this scourge called pedophilia, which is a cross-cultural issue, an issue, I would say, alien to the idiosyncrasy, to the Venezuelan identity”, declared the prosecutor in a speech broadcast by state broadcaster “VTV”.
In early July, the Episcopal Conference of Venezuela (CEV) said that priests and other members of the Catholic Church committed sexual abuse against minors and “vulnerable people”, whose number of cases it decided to keep “confidential”.
The first vice president of the institution, Monsignor Mario Moronta, who stated that the CEV “apologised and accompanied” the victims, criticized on the occasion that other entities “not only religious, but also professionals , where the number of sexual abuse is higher”.