Former priest indicted for sexual abuse in Italy

ROME — A politically connected former priest was indicted Friday on charges he sexually molested 12 young men and boys who were being treated at the drug rehabilitation center he founded in Italy.
85-year-old Pierino Gelmini denied the charges as "completely unfounded."
Gelmini was one of Italy's most recognized and well-connected priests before he requested to be relieved of his clerical status in 2008.
Gelmini's lawyer, Lanfranco Frezza, said Friday the first hearing in the trial was set for March 29, 2011.
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