Catholic priest charged with child rape: It ‘happened by accident’

‘I can’t recall all the circumstances, but it was simply a misunderstanding’

Irish Independent – A Catholic priest charged with child rape has claimed that it was “simply a misunderstanding” and that it “happened by accident”.

John A Sarro was charged by a grand jury earlier this week in Delaware, the first time the US state has brought criminal molestation charges against a Catholic priest.

The 76-year-old is accused of first-degree unlawful sexual intercourse and second-degree unlawful sexual contact.

He is accused of having oral sex with a girl younger than 16 more than 25 years ago.

“I can’t recall all the circumstances, but it was simply a misunderstanding,” Mr Sarro told The News Journal of Wilmington.

Mr Sarro’s indictment alleges he “intentionally” touched the girl’s breasts, and engaged in “sexual intercourse” and “oral sex”.

He said: “It was a simple matter of me being involved. I wasn’t really involved with anybody.”

He added: “It was something that happened by accident.” Read the rest here.