An Italian man convicted of raping and molesting a child was sentenced to four years in prison today for his part in a sexual abuse network in Italy.
The 39-year-old man, named only as B.J., was found guilty of two counts of child abuse and one count of rape in the coastal town of Catania in April 2015.
Prosecutors had sought a 10-year sentence, but the court reduced it to three years, with no possibility of parole.
The trial, which lasted for three days, was the first in Italy of its kind in the country.
The case is the first time a convicted child abuser has been handed a prison sentence.
“I can only hope that he will be rehabilitated,” prosecutor Michele Pascale told reporters outside court.
Prosecutors say B.G. had sexual relations with three boys at the Catania institution between 2013 and 2015, including two girls aged 11 and 12, and one boy aged 13.
He raped the girls, who were aged between 9 and 12 years old, at the institution in the northern city of Catano, a suburb of Catanzaro, and also sexually assaulted two boys aged 13 and 14 at another institution.
The boys were abused by B.B. in his cell, while the girl was raped by him in his bedroom.
“The crimes took place in the dormitory of the Catano institution,” the prosecutor said.
The prosecutors had sought five years for B.W., who is also accused of sexually abusing a boy in a different facility, and two years for the boy who was sexually abused in Catano.
“We do not wish to impose any prison sentence in this case,” prosecutor Pascales said.
But she said that the prosecution’s case against B.D., who had been living in Italy for three years before the trial, had not been able to secure sufficient evidence against him.
“It is our intention to present our case to the Court of Cassation, and it is our hope that they will also allow us to present the case,” she said.