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Dominican Republic priest held in death of former altar boy

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Authorities in the Dominican Republic have detained a Catholic priest as a suspect in the killing of a 16-year-old who previously served as an altar boy in his church.

The Rev. Elvis Taveras was taken into custody after questioning by police and prosecutors who searched his residence in eastern Santo Domingo. He was expected to make his initial appearance before a judge Wednesday or Thursday.

Fernely Carrion’s body was found in brush along a road leading north out of the capital. A taxi driver told newspaper Diario Libre that he had taken the teen to meet the priest and that Taveras paid the fare. Authorities have not disclosed the cause of death.

A statement from the Archdiocese of Santo Domingo says Taveras was suspended from his duties as a precaution.


A 16-year old, who had been reported as missing, was discovered murdered last night, 8 August 2017, in a ditch in Bayaguana, and his family is accusing the parish priest from Villa Mella of the crime.

Fernely Carrión Saviñón was an altar boy in the parish of Our Lady of Fátima de Villa, under priest Elvin Taveras Durán.

The father of the murdered boy, Freddy Carrion, said that the priest is in custody while the case is under investigation. Carrion said that the priest has confessed to the crime. The priest led investigators to where they could find the body.

According to his supposed confession, he murdered the boy by hitting him on the back of his head with a hammer and then stabbed him several times.

The father said that the priest was always giving the boy money. A report in El Dia says that the boy was extorting the priest threatening to publish photos of them having sex.

After the case was made public, on Tuesday, 8 August 2017, the Archidiocesis of Santo Domingo announced the dismissal of the priest as per Canon Law 1395 that establishes this action in the case of “a cleric who in another way has committed an offense against the sixth commandment of the Decalogue, if the delict was committed by force or threats or publicly or with a minor below the age of sixteen eyars, is to be punished with just penalties, not excluding dismissal from the clerical state if the case so warrants.”

Acento mentions that 16-year old Carrión would have been subject to sexual abuses by the priest since he was 10 years old, according to investigations by state prosecutors and the National Police. The online portal features a summary of priest sexual abuses against minors.

Source: DR1, Elnacional

Aug 11, 2017

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