|Sex Offender and Sex Crime News|
|Indonesian pastor gets four years
for molesting refugee children |
2002-04-30 Associated Press
pastor in Indonesia was sentenced to four years imprisonment
for sexually abusing seven refugee children under his care,
officials said Tuesday.
Saderah Sudiro, a
Protestant clergyman with the Foundation For the Village Bible
Society, was found guilty Monday of molesting refugee children
ages 14 and 15 in his house in Solo in Central Java, said
prosecutor Ika Ria Wati.
"For more than a year he
abused the minors who sought refuge in his foundation," said
Sudiro, who could not be reached for comment, is
under house arrest while he appeals the verdict, court
Revelations of pedophile priests have
recently wracked the Roman Catholic Church in the United
States, prompting a meeting of U.S. cardinals with Pope John
Paul (news - web sites) II. A communique issued after the
meeting recommended a "zero tolerance" policy toward sexually
Children from Indonesia's eastern
islands of Maluku and Papua were sent to Sudiro's Foundation
to escape religious and ethnic violence.
refugees have fled their homes in the past three years
following a wave of religious violence in the Maluku islands
and separatist fighting in Irian Jaya.
was lighter than the five years sought by the prosecutors
because it could not be proven that Sudiro raped the children.
He was found instead to have fondled them.
charged after the parent of one of the young victims reported
him to authorities in October.
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