An Italian previous priest, dubbed”Don Euro” because of his expensive preference in rubies and luxury vacations, has been incarcerated for extorting a previous bishop. Luca Morini was likewise convicted of acting– after he made believe to be a judge while hiring male sex employees.
Information of the now-defrocked priest’s ventures were disclosed at a court in northern Italy on Wednesday. He was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years following a series of detractions, which had been exposed by an Italian television program and also a whistleblower. Morini was however acquitted on costs of extorting a religious woman, drug dealing and money laundering. He was first thought to be warmhearted when he arrived in the little Tuscan community of Pontasserchio.
But he quickly acquired an online reputation in the location for persuading mainly elderly parishioners to contribute generously to the church’s collection plate. The swelled coffers were then presumably invested in celebrations, diamonds, high-end vacations with sex employees.
Morini spent money lavishly on a group of”mainly” young men who would certainly accompany him to swingers’clubs, the Corriere della Sera newspaper reported.
Legal investigations into his practices began in 2015 when a sex worker blew the whistle on Morini’s investing and also exposed that he had posed as a judge .
In 2018, a court in Genoa discovered and took insurance polices, a current account, and also diamonds from the clergyman, Corriere della Sera reported. 4 men, consisting of the original whistleblower, brought a case of false identification against Morini and were awarded ₤ 12,000 in compensation by the court. In court on Wednesday, Morini was convicted of extortion for blackmailing the previous diocesan of Massa Carrara, Giovanni Santucci.
Mr Santucci had suspended Morini from his priestly obligations and also was then allegedly blackmailed into lending him thousands of euros and purchasing him a new house.
Because the court ruled that Morini experienced from mental disease, prosecutors asked for a longer sentence yet it was reduced slightly. The sentencing comes after an additional Tuscan priest, Father Francesco Spagnesi, was punished to 3 years as well as 8 months in jail for drug misappropriation, dealing as well as trafficking last December.
The former priest shared sorrow over his actions as well as will certainly offer part of his sentence in a domestic community, receiving therapy for his drug habits.