A priest from Motril, Iván Merino, has been arrested on paedophile charges in Venezuela, where he has his parish.
Father Merino, who belongs to the Agustinos Recoletos order, was caught in his car with a 12-year-old girl by a police patrol.
In a statement to the police he said that he had been “playing games with the girl, stroking her, and one thing had led to another.” The girl was practing oral sex on him when the police moved in.
“We have both become fond of each other, and that was the problem,” he explained.
According to his confession, he knows the mother but not the father but neither knows what has been going on. According to the minor, their relationship goes back three years.
(News: Motril, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)