Italian Priest is Arrested for Stealing Thousands From Church Funds to Buy Drugs For Homosexual Sex Parties In His Home
By Charlotte Mitchell
A charismatic Italian priest has been arrested for allegedly stealing more than £85,000 from church funds to pay for gay sex parties at his home.
Father Francesco Spagnesi, 40, from Prato near Florence, is under house arrest on suspicion of theft.
Police are in the process of interviewing hundreds of people said to have attended his drug-fuelled orgies over the last two years.
The parties typically involved the priest, his drug-dealing flatmate and at least one other person, whom they would find through gay dating sites, according to detectives.
However, on occasion, the weekly parties would involve much larger groups of up to 20 or 30 participants.
Investigations into Spagnesi began after police reportedly discovered that his flatmate had imported a litre of GHB from The Netherlands. The drug is often referred to as a ‘date-rape’ drug as it has been used to incapacitate victims of sexual assault.
Raids on the shared flat revealed bottles thought to be adapted to function as crack pipes.
In recent months, a parish accountant found that £85,000 had been withdrawn from the parish’s bank account – money which police suspect was used by Spagnesi to buy drugs.