Ricardo Seppia: Paedophile Priest Jailed for Abusing Altar Boys and Supplying Cocaine
A paedophile priest who plied altar servers with cocaine before sexually abusing them has been jailed for nine and a half years by an Italian court.
Father Riccardo Seppia, 51, was arrested by police after they discovered his activities during an investigation into the supply of drugs to Milan’s gay nightclub scene.
Stunned officers listened in as Father Seppia said: ‘Come on over I’ve got some snow’ - code for drugs. In another conversation he said: ‘Bring the usual gift, I am very lonely.’
When details of Father Seppia’s case emerged last year in his parish at Sestri Ponente near Genoa he was immediately suspended by his local bishop - although there were claims that church chiefs had been warned about him almost 20 years ago.
Fellow priest Father Piercarlo Casassa said at the time: ‘I told the Church authorities about him in 1994 but I was ignored. People had told me he had a untoward approach with the scouts (altar boys) and I told the authorities he was not the right person to have around youngsters but no-one listened to me.’