In 2019, a 19-year-old was arrested in connection to the brutal revenge killing of a priest who is believed to have sexually abused him and at least three other young boys.
On November 4, 2019, the murder suspect reportedly tortured and then killed the 91-year-old Catholic priest, identified as Roger Matassoli, at his home in Angeetz, Oise, located in Northern France.
The suspect, who’s only been identified as Alexandre V., reportedly jammed a crucifix down the priest’s throat, causing him to suffocate.
The suspect was first taken to a mental health facility following his arrest, where he remained for almost two months before being formally charged.
Police caught the suspect while he was attempting to leave the scene of the crime and charged him with torture, murder, and resisting arrest. During the interrogations, he told police he did not remember the murder, but he did have a motive for killing the priest.
Alexandre was one of four young boys Matassoli allegedly assaulted between 1960 and 2000. However, authorities believe that there are likely many more victims who have yet to come forward. In fact, the abuse dates back so far that Alexandre’s father was also one of Matassoli’s victims.
The Sun reports that Alexandre’s grandfather committed suicide upon learning of the abuse, and the teen had also attempted suicide in the past. According to one of his family members, Alexandre was abused between the ages of six and fifteen.
Despite the allegations against Matassoli, he remained on the church’s payroll until 2018.
Beauvais bishop Jacques Beniot-Gonnin insisted that Mastassoli be removed from his official church duties in 2009, when the first allegations came to light, insisting that he had only remained on the payroll because of “ecclesiastical errors.”
However, Mastassoli has a long history of suspicious behavior and abuse allegations dating back a lot further than 2009. In fact, the priest has been relocated between different churches and at various times in his career following allegations of sexual abuse. In 1967, he was moved from the diocese of Clermont due to abuse allegations, then moved from the diocese of Saint-Andre-Farivillers in 1984 for the same reason.
In 1984, there was a naked photo of the priest discovered by community members at a local landfill, but at the time, he said it was an innocent “souvenir from the army” that he had taken when he was 18-years-old.
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