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Reduced child abuse sentence causes uproar in Argentina

Published:Tuesday | May 19, 2015 | 5:00 AM

BUENOS AIRES (AP):

Two Argentine judges have come under fire for cutting the sentence of a convicted child abuser on the grounds that his six-year-old victim had suffered earlier abuse and, therefore, had already been traumatised.

In the newly publicised 2014 ruling, the judges cut the sentence of Mario Tolosa, a sports club vice-president, from six years to 38 months.

They ruled that his acts should not be considered "gravely outrageous" in legal terms because the boy already "was making a precocious choice" of his sexuality, apparently a reference to homosexuality.

Other attorneys criticised the decision and the Argentine Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Trans has demanded the judges be removed from the bench for a ruling it said placed a six-year-old victim "in the position of a suspect."

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One of the two judges, Horacio Piombo, defended the ruling yesterday in interviews with Radio La Red and the television station Todo Noticias, saying that before Tolosa molested him, the child already had suffered "the initiation by his father into the worst of worlds, leading him to depravation."

He said that "as a result of that experience with the father, the child had showed "signs of a conduct of transvestism, of conduct we had to take into account."

Piombo said the nearly year-old ruling had been leaked in an attempt to discredit him and his colleague Benjamin Ramon Sal Llargues.

He said the boy's father had been jailed by another court but had not been sentenced, and the child's mother abandoned him.