Villegas, charged with abusing five minors. Villegas, convicted of abusing five minors.

Priest gets 90 years for abusing minors

The five victims were students aged 10-16 at a private school in Guanajuato

A Catholic priest was sentenced yesterday to 90 years in jail for aggravated rape, sexual harassment, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation and corruption of minors.

Jorge Raúl Villegas Chávez, 50, the confessor and spiritual guide for the students of an all-girls’ private school in Guanajuato, was arrested in February last year after two mothers filed criminal complaints, charging him of abusing their two daughters, both under 14.

Three more accusations followed against Villegas, formerly the official spokesperson for the archdiocese of the city of León, revealing that he had preyed on boys and girls alike aged 10 to 16 at Colegio Atenas in Irapuato.

He will only serve 60 years because state law prohibits the serving of longer sentences.

The United Group of Single Mothers, an advocacy group, had demanded a sentence of 120 years but its president declared that the judge’s decision was satisfactory and that “justice had prevailed.”

Source: El Universal (sp)

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