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Antastácio Alves during the years he worked as a parish priest

Former priest found guilty of child sexual abuse in Madeira

The long battle to bring a former Catholic priest to justice for his sexual abuse of a 13-year-old boy in Madeira has finally ended, with a court in Madeira finding Anastácio Alves guilty on all counts, and condemning him to six years and six months in jail. As reports today explain, this was the 3rd time Anastácio Alves had been cited for child sexual abuse while working as a priest – but the only time witnesses agreed to come forwards. The trial went ahead ‘behind closed doors’.