Vatican Diplomat Arrested on Child Porn Suspicions

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Bail set at $2 million for St. Petersburg man on child porn charges

Monsignor Capella was recalled from the United States in September 2017 after U.S. authorities told the Vatican about a possible violation of child pornography laws by one of its diplomats.

Capella was a high-ranking priest in the Vatican's diplomatic corps.

Last August, the Vatican said it had been informed by the US State Department of a possible violation of laws relating to child pornography images by a member of the Vatican diplomatic corps in Washington. Carlo Alberto Capella under a Vatican law setting penalties for anyone who "distributes, disseminates, transmits, imports, exports, offers or sells child pornography".

The Saturday arrest "comes at the end of an investigation on the part of the Vatican's Promoter of Justice", read the Vatican statement. He was recalled from the U.S. a year ago. The investigation will continue with detailed forensic exams of the remaining electronic devices found in Janecka's possession.

According to Vatican laws Carlos can be subjected to five years imprisonment and 50,000 euros.

Police in Windsor, Ontario, had accused Capella of accessing the repugnant images from a social networking site during a holiday visit to an unidentified local church.

Ranger is charged with three counts each of second-degree rape, second-degree sex offense, third-degree sex offense and fourth-degree sex offense as well as one count each of sexual abuse of a minor, sexual abuse of a minor with a continuing course of conduct, production of child pornography and possession of child pornography.

He died in a hospital in 2015 at 67, before his trial before a Vatican court could begin. No results of that investigation have been announced.

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