The Civil Police arrested, this Saturday (1st), a former priest accused of raping his former stepchildren in São Gonçalo, in the metropolitan region of Rio de Janeiro.
According to the MP-RJ complaint, the crime took place between October 2020 and May 2021 against his ex-wife’s children, aged 8 and 12 at the time. He subjected minors to “intense physical and mental suffering, with the use of violence and serious threat”.
He is also investigated for encouraging one of the children to take his own life, saying that the boy could throw himself from the roof of the building.
According to the complaint, at the time of the crimes, the accused’s wife was having a high-risk pregnancy and he displayed “rough and rude” behavior, threatening his stepchildren and hurting them both.
One of the boys even left his mother’s house and went to live with his father, but without revealing the bruises from the attacks suffered by his former stepfather. The accused would slap, squeeze his arms, asphyxiate and say that one of the boys needed to “take a lot of beating”.
The complaint also says that one of the minors was diagnosed with early schizophrenia and began treatment that revealed a routine of physical and psychological abuse and torture.
The accused was a priest, but asked to be dismissed from the priestly ministry in September 2020. In a note, the Archdiocese of Niterói reported that it “deeply regrets the fact that occurred and notes that the said gentleman has been suspended since September 2020, when he requested the dismissal of his duties and his mission as a priest in our Church. Since then, we have no accurate news about his personal life.”
The case is investigated by the 72nd DP (São Gonçalo).