“Serious cases”

In connection with abuse allegations against a Trier religious, three more alleged victims have come forward. This was said by the abbot of the Benedictine abbey of St. Matthias, Ignatius Maab, on Friday to the media.

Maab had informed the public in May of this year about accusations against one of his confreres. According to the report, the monk abused several young people in the 1970s and 1980s. At the time there was talk of three victims. The religious admitted the acts. Because these are time-barred, however, he does not face any criminal consequences. In the meantime, those affected have received financial recognition of their suffering. —-Since May, three more people have now come forward to the abbey claiming to have been sexually abused by the same Benedictine brother. The persons concerned are said to have been all under 14 years old at the time of the crime. The abbot speaks of "serious cases". His confrere did not want to or could not "remember details", but after intensive discussions with the victims he amed that their accusations were true.—-Meanwhile, the abbot rejected a victim's account that the abbey's leadership had known about the allegations against her confrere as early as the 1990s. —

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