Another case of sexual abuse on a minor in the Bruges diocese has come to light. The events date back to 2002. A 50 year old priest from Hooglede is said to have abused a 15 year old adolescent several times, while using violence, according to information given by the VRT Wednesday evening. The man was priest at Menin, in Western Flanders. The events came to light last year, when the young boy reported it to the Centre for victims of sexual abuse in the Bruges diocese, which forwarded the report to the Brussels Prosecutor’s Office.
The priest concerned confessed and was forbidden all contact with the victim, but was not suspended straight away. It was only after another case of sexual abuse on a minor came to light in Middelkerke that the 50 year old was suspended.