Vatican arrests former diplomat over child pornography

Bail set at $2 million for St. Petersburg man on child porn charges

The Vatican recalled Capella, the No. 4 in its Washington embassy, after the U.S. State Department notified it on August 21 of a "possible violation of laws relating to child pornography images" by one of its diplomats in Washington.

Capella was a high-ranking priest in the Vatican's diplomatic corps.

A State Department spokesman said then that the United States had requested that the man's diplomatic immunity be waived to open the way for a possible prosecution there, but the Vatican had refused. Carlo Alberto Capella and said he was arrested earlier on Saturday in the Vatican after a warrant was issued by the Holy See's chief magistrate at the end of an investigation.

Capella was charged with articles of the Vatican penal code punishing the possession and dissemination of child pornography. They say they were alerted by the RCMP in February 2017 and launched an investigation, eventually getting judicial permission to access relevant internet records.




A Niagara Falls parolee, who was convicted of reckless manslaughter in 2011 for the death of his 22-month-old daughter, has been charged with receiving and possessing child pornography. That could change, police said, because the investigation is continuing.

A Vatican statement identified the accused as Msgr.

According to Vatican laws Carlos can be subjected to five years imprisonment and 50,000 euros. Investigators with Harris County Constable Mark Herman's Office got a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about someone in the Humble, Texas area believed to be in possession of child pornography. Capella for allegedly uploading child pornography to a social network in Canada in 2016.

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