Portuguese Pedophile Ring Used State-Run Orphanages To Serve Celebrities, Diplomats, Politicians

Casa Pia worker Carlos Silvino leaves a court session for the "Casa Pia orphanage" law suit in Lisbon in this March 11, 2008 file photo. A Portuguese court sentenced six people, including Silvino, to up to 18 years jail on September 3, 2010 for abusing children from a state orphanage in a marathon court case that has shocked the nation. The defendants, including a well-known television presenter, a former diplomat and two doctors, were given prison sentences of from just under six years to 18 years for their participation in a network of abuse of children at the Casa Pia state home. REUTERS/Hugo Correia/Files

Six Convicted of Sexual Crimes at Portuguese Children’s Home (New York Times):

Six people were convicted of child sexual abuse in a Lisbon court on Friday, in a trial that lasted nearly six years and shocked people in Portugal and beyond.

A three-judge panel found the defendants guilty of raping and sexually abusing minors at a state-run institution for needy children, and of running a ring for pedophiles. A seventh defendant, charged with allowing her home to be used for sexual abuse, was acquitted.

The charges involved the rape and sexual abuse of 32 children who were residents of the home in Lisbon, part of a network of institutions for children called Casa Pia. The crimes took place in the 1990s, but they first came to light in 2002, when a former resident accused Carlos Silvino, a former driver and gardener at the home, of raping him.

The accusation prompted others to come forward to say that they, too, had been raped and sexually abused. The allegations included accounts of sex parties attended by prominent personalities. The defendants included Carlos Cruz, a former star television anchor, who was sentenced to seven years in prison, and Jorge Ritto, a retired ambassador, who received a sentence of six years and eight months.

Mr. Silvino was the only defendant to have confessed, admitting to more than 600 crimes, including child sexual abuse, aggravated rape and procuring minors for others in return for payment. Mr. Silvino received the heaviest sentence, 18 years in prison. Mr. Cruz and most of the other defendants said they would appeal their convictions. Mr. Cruz contended that the case against him had been built on “lies and manipulation.”

Other scandals involving child sexual abuse have emerged across Europe, many involving accusations of abuses by Roman Catholic priests. In May, for example, a German special investigator released a report saying that 205 former students said they had been abused in the country’s Jesuit schools, including the prestigious Canisius College in Berlin.

Pen portraits: Portuguese child abuse defendants (BBC)

Carlos Cruz jailed for seven years for paedophile offences (guardian.co.uk):

Members of Portugal’s media, civil service and professional elite were alleged to be regular abusers of the boys, some younger than 14. Even well-known politicians were involved, it was initially rumoured. A flood of accusations from boys who had passed through the Casa Pia system followed. Some 32 boys alleged at least 800 crimes.

The case pitted the orphanage boys against a group of well-educated, influential people – including a former ambassador to Unesco, a lawyer, a doctor and Cruz. Yesterday, eight years after they dared to speak out, the boys finally won their case.

The four men and two former orphanage employees received sentences of between just under six years and 18 years. Carlos Silvino, a 53-year-old Casa Pia worker who confessed to 600 crimes and gave evidence against other defendants was sentenced to 18 years.

“The court recognised that we were telling the truth,” said Bernardo Teixeira, one of the victims. “It’s a happy ending for us. The paedophiles are going to jail.”

Former Portuguese TV presenter Carlos Cruz reacts during a news conference after a court session of the "Casa Pia orphanage" law suit in Lisbon September 3, 2010. A Portuguese court sentenced six people to up to 18 years jail on Friday for abusing children from a state orphanage in a marathon court case that has shocked the nation. The defendants, including Cruz, a former diplomat and two doctors, were given prison sentences of from just under six years to 18 years for their participation in a network of abuse of children at the Casa Pia state home. REUTERS/Hugo Correia

Hugo Marcal, a lawyer, leaves a court in Lisbon, Friday, Sept. 3 2010 after being sentenced to six years and two months in a major child sex abuse trial that has lasted almost six years. Six men have been sentenced after they were found guilty of sexual abuse at a state-run children's home called Casa Pia.(AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Former student and abuse victim Bernardo Teixeira arrives at the court for the sentencing of the "Casa Pia orphanage" law suit in Lisbon September 3, 2010. A Portuguese court sentenced six people to up to 18 years jail on Friday for abusing children from a state orphanage in a marathon court case that has shocked the nation. The defendants, including a well-known television presenter, a former diplomat and two doctors, were given prison sentences of from just under six years to 18 years for their participation in a network of abuse of children at the Casa Pia state home. REUTERS/Hugo Correia

Former Portuguese ambassador Jorge Ritto arrives at a court for the verdict of the "Casa Pia orphanage" lawsuit in Lisbon September 3, 2010. The Portuguese court will render its verdict on Friday in one of the country's highest profile legal cases, a shocking story of alleged child abuse at a state orphanage that has gripped the nation for over half a decade. Seven defendants, including Ritto, are charged with participating in a network that systematically abused children from the Casa Pia state home for orphans. REUTERS/Hugo Correia

2 comments for “Portuguese Pedophile Ring Used State-Run Orphanages To Serve Celebrities, Diplomats, Politicians

  1. Vanessa Kachadurian
    September 5, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    This is the most sickest think I have ever heard in my life! I have dealt with orphanages in Eastern Europe and Armenia for over 30 years and they are some of the finest. Clean and respectable for the children that deserve dignity and respect!!
    I hope the officials in Portugal put Silvino and the rest behind bars and throw away the keys. Let the other prisoners have access to them.

    http://vanessakachadurianarmeniansoc.blogspot.com/2010/08/vanessa-kachadurian-70-disabled.html

  2. Peter .Bonn
    April 20, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Look into “The Babylonian Talmud” to find the root sources of Pedophilia. There are two good translations of this most disgusting book, besides the Soncino translation, and that is from Russian I.B. Pranaitis which you can read here: http://www.talmudunmasked.com/index.htm

    The Pharisaic Sanhedrin were the ones writting this satanic book which authorizes sex with children, animals and dead bodies.

    Michael Hoffman also exposes these pedophilic followers, in his websites and in his books: http://revisionisthistory.org/talmudtruth.html

    Another important book to understand the puzzle of our reality is to read “The Thirteenth Tribe” by Arthur Koestler or D. M. Dunlop on the history of the Khazars.

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