Vatican Arrests Monsignor on Suspicion of Possessing Child Pornography

  • Vatican Arrests Monsignor on Suspicion of Possessing Child Pornography

Vatican Arrests Monsignor on Suspicion of Possessing Child Pornography

Capella, 51, was a high-ranking member of the Vatican diplomatic corps, serving in Italy before his posting to the USA embassy in 2017.

The US State Department notified the Vatican in August through diplomatic channels of a possible violation of child pornography laws by a member of the diplomatic corps of the Holy See in Washington, the Vatican said in September.

Monsignor Carlo Capella's arrest came eight months after his recall to the Vatican from a post in Washington, D.C. He was ordered jailed in the barracks of the Vatican police force, according to a Vatican press release.

It was stated April 7 that the arrest warrant for Capella was issued at the end of an investigation by the Vatican's Promoter of Justice.

Saturday's announcement was the first Vatican statement on the subject since September.

In September, the Vatican said Capella had been recalled from his post after US authorities flagged him for possible child porn crimes. Capella for allegedly uploading child pornography to a social network in Canada in 2016. 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.

The arrest, the statement said, was made on the charges related to "Article 10, paragraphs 3 and 5, of Law VIII of 2013". After studying at the Vatican diplomatic academy in Rome, he entered the Vatican diplomatic service in 2004. He served on the Italy desk in the Vatican's secretariat of state and was part of the official delegation that negotiated a tax treaty with Italy before being posted to the U.S. Embassy a year ago.

Pic: The Apostolic Palace in Rome, site of the administration of the Holy See.