In 2019, police arrested and charged a 19-year-old for the brutal murder of a priest who is said to have sexually abused him and at least three other young boys.
On November 4, 2019, the suspect reported tortured and killing a 91-year-old Catholic priest, later identified as Roger Matassoli. The attack took place at the priest’s home in Angeetz, Oise, in Northern France.
So far, the man who has only been identified as Alexandre V. is accused of ramming a crucifix down the priest’s throat, which caused him to suffocate to death.
After his arrest, the suspect was initially taken to a local mental health facility, where he was examined for nearly two months before being formally charged with murder.
Police captured the teen while he was leaving the crime scene and charged the man with torture, murder, and resisting arrest. During their interrogation, the man told police he didn’t remember the murder but did reveal his motive for revenge.
Alexandre was one of four young boys the priest is said to have sexually assaulted between 1960 and 2000. However, authorities are sure there are likely many more victims who may never come forward. In a strange twist of fate, Alexandres’ father is also among the four confirmed victims.
The Sun reports that the teen’s grandfather committed suicide after learning of his son’s abuse and that Alexandre has tried to commit suicide in the past. According to his family members, Alexandre was sexually molested between the age of six and fifteen.
Despite the numerous allegations, the church kept Matassoli on its payroll until 2018.
However, Beauvais bishop Jacques Beniot-Gonnin insisted that the priest was removed from his official duties as a priest in 2009 and blamed keeping Matassoli on the church’s payroll on “ecclesiastical errors.”
However, Matassoli’s abuse predates 2009. While a priest, he’d been relocated between different churches many times throughout his career, each time following allegations of sexual abuse of minors. In 1967, he was removed from the diocese of Clermont over such claims and then relocated from the diocese of Saint-Andre-Farivillers in 1984 following similar allegations.
In 1984, a naked photo of the priest was found by community members at a local landfill, but during the time, the priest excused the picture as an “innocent souvenir” from his time in the army that he’d taken when he was 18-years-old.
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