The priest who ended up under house arrest a week ago a lawn for drugs and embezzlement, the forty-year-old Don Francesco Spagnesi, is also under investigation for attempted very serious injuries. This was reported by the Public Prosecutor who formulated the hypothesis of a crime in relation to the seropositivity of the parish priest: it is assumed that the priest would not have made mention of his condition with some of the partners of the feasts that he would have organized together with his partner. The latter, under house arrest since 27 August for the drug investigation which later also involved Don Spagnesi, could be the first possible offended party in the new dispute. In the home of the companion – where the priest had lived permanently for two years – there was also a search of the mobile squad arranged against the religious for the new accusation.
Don Francesco Spagnesi arrested in Prato: with the offers of the faithful he bought the drug of rape for hard parties
Don Francesco Spagnesi, the accusation of very serious injuries
At the parties, according to what was reported yesterday in the interrogation of guarantee by the priest, 20 or 30 people would have participated regularly. Two of these, again according to investigators, have already declared that they are HIV-positive. Even the social dangerousness of the possible behavior of the former parish priest of Castellina – a position from which he was relieved by the bishop of Prato at the beginning of September – prompted the Prosecutor to investigate this crime. Fr Spagnesi told the investigators that he had protected relationships with his partners.
However, some of the 15 witnesses heard by the magistrates to date would deny it. In order for a criminally relevant conduct to take place, according to jurisprudence, the HIV positive person must be aware of his or her state, having received a diagnosis of HIV. The cleric had been aware of his positive state of the virus for many years, as he himself explained to investigators.
“The prosecutor is verifying a hypothesis, the dispute is not the subject of a precautionary measure and was formulated to ascertain certain elements,” says one of the priest’s defenders, the lawyer Federico Febbo. “This morning – he adds – the blood sample was also taken from his partner to check if he contracted the disease”. The seropositivity of Don Francesco Spagnesi, continues the lawyer, “was a known fact”. “The point – he specifies – is that for this accusation we need two assumptions, the first is that the person did not follow the therapies and that he was therefore contagious, the second is that he had unprotected intercourse”.
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The cleric was involved in the drug investigation after the flying squad arrested his comrade, who was arrested after having withdrawn a liter of Gbl, the so-called rape drug, from a forwarder. According to the reconstruction of the Prosecutor’s Office, this was supplied together with cocaine to those present at the couple’s parties, which were held “every seven to ten days”.
To buy it, the money from the offerings of the faithful would also have been used to whom the bishop asked forgiveness for not having protected them last Sunday, celebrating mass at Castellina. Yesterday, on the occasion of the interrogation, the religious, his defenders reported, expressed his repentance, explaining that “the addiction to drugs was so strong that it acted accordingly, he continually needed money” and that “there was an inner strength that in the last two years of his relationship with his partner he could not resist: he was overwhelmed by this serious dependence ».