Vatican City, Mar 18, 2021 / 12:00 pm (CNA).- The alleged victim in an ongoing trial for sexual abuse in a Vatican youth seminary testified in court Wednesday that he was sexually assaulted over a six-year period by a slightly older student.

The alleged victim, 28-year-old L.G., was questioned for almost three hours March 17 about accusations that he was sexually abused by the defendant Fr. Gabriele Martinelli while they were students at the Pius X pre-seminary.

Located inside Vatican City State, the Pius X pre-seminary is a residence for about a dozen boys aged 12 to 18 who serve at papal Masses and other liturgies in St. Peter’s Basilica and are considering the priesthood.

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