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Defrocked Chilean priest gets 15 years for abusing minors

A defrocked priest who once held senior positions in the Catholic Church in Chile was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Saturday for raping and sexually abusing minors for more than a decade.

Oscar Munoz, 60, was sentenced by a criminal court in the capital Santiago.

Munoz was a well-known clergyman who held leadership positions under the Archbishop of Santiago and as recently as 2018 under Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati.

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The latter is accused of having concealed numerous cases of sexual abuse of minors within the church in Chile.

Munoz is accused of raping or abusing at least five minors. Two other alleged victims are still being assessed.

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Munoz has been in preventive prison since 2018 pending sentencing.

His alleged crimes span from 2002 to 2018.

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Prosecutors had requested a 30-year sentence for him.

Pope Francis expelled Munoz from the church in 2019.

As in other countries around the world, the Catholic Church in Chile has faced a wave of accusations that its priests have sexually abused minors.

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