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Dominican prosecutor satisfied with Vatican's handling of sex abuse case against ex-ambassador

  • FILE - This March 15, 2013 file photo shows Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, papal nuncio for the Dominican Republic, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic's top prosecutor has praised the Holy See's handling of the sexual abuse case against Wesolowski and acknowledged that the Vatican is the right place to prosecute him. Prosecutor Francisco Dominguez Brito met Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 with the Vatican's chief prosecutor, Jean Pierre Milano, and the deputy secretary of state, Monsignor Angelo Becciu, to discuss the case. (AP Photo/Manuel Diaz, File)

    FILE - This March 15, 2013 file photo shows Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, papal nuncio for the Dominican Republic, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic's top prosecutor has praised the Holy See's handling of the sexual abuse case against Wesolowski and acknowledged that the Vatican is the right place to prosecute him. Prosecutor Francisco Dominguez Brito met Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 with the Vatican's chief prosecutor, Jean Pierre Milano, and the deputy secretary of state, Monsignor Angelo Becciu, to discuss the case. (AP Photo/Manuel Diaz, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Dominican prosecutor Francisco Dominguez Brito talks during an interview with The Associated Press, in Rome, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. The Dominican Republic's top prosecutor has praised the Holy See's handling of the sexual abuse case against its former ambassador to the Caribbean country and acknowledged that the Vatican is the right place to prosecute him. Prosecutor Francisco Dominquez Brito met Tuesday with the Vatican's chief prosecutor, Jean Pierre Milano, and the deputy secretary of state, Monsignor Angelo Becciu, to discuss the case against Josef Wesolowski. The Holy See recalled Wesolowski last year after rumors surfaced that he had sexually abused teenage boys (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

    Dominican prosecutor Francisco Dominguez Brito talks during an interview with The Associated Press, in Rome, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. The Dominican Republic's top prosecutor has praised the Holy See's handling of the sexual abuse case against its former ambassador to the Caribbean country and acknowledged that the Vatican is the right place to prosecute him. Prosecutor Francisco Dominquez Brito met Tuesday with the Vatican's chief prosecutor, Jean Pierre Milano, and the deputy secretary of state, Monsignor Angelo Becciu, to discuss the case against Josef Wesolowski. The Holy See recalled Wesolowski last year after rumors surfaced that he had sexually abused teenage boys (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)  (The Associated Press)

  • Dominican prosecutor Francisco Dominguez Brito talks during an interview with The Associated Press, in Rome, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. The Dominican Republic's top prosecutor has praised the Holy See's handling of the sexual abuse case against its former ambassador to the Caribbean country and acknowledged that the Vatican is the right place to prosecute him. Prosecutor Francisco Dominquez Brito met Tuesday with the Vatican's chief prosecutor, Jean Pierre Milano, and the deputy secretary of state, Monsignor Angelo Becciu, to discuss the case against Josef Wesolowski. The Holy See recalled Wesolowski last year after rumors surfaced that he had sexually abused teenage boys (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

    Dominican prosecutor Francisco Dominguez Brito talks during an interview with The Associated Press, in Rome, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. The Dominican Republic's top prosecutor has praised the Holy See's handling of the sexual abuse case against its former ambassador to the Caribbean country and acknowledged that the Vatican is the right place to prosecute him. Prosecutor Francisco Dominquez Brito met Tuesday with the Vatican's chief prosecutor, Jean Pierre Milano, and the deputy secretary of state, Monsignor Angelo Becciu, to discuss the case against Josef Wesolowski. The Holy See recalled Wesolowski last year after rumors surfaced that he had sexually abused teenage boys (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)  (The Associated Press)

The Dominican Republic's top prosecutor has praised the Holy See's handling of the sexual abuse case against its former ambassador to the Caribbean country and acknowledged that the Vatican is the right place to prosecute him.

Prosecutor Francisco Dominquez Brito met Tuesday with the Vatican's chief prosecutor, Jean Pierre Milano, and the deputy secretary of state, Monsignor Angelo Becciu, to discuss the case against Josef Wesolowski.

The Holy See recalled Wesolowski last year after rumors surfaced that he had sexually abused teenage boys. Dominican prosecutors say he allegedly paid shoeshine boys to masturbate. Wesolowski has been defrocked and placed under house arrest pending a decision on whether to indict.

Dominguez Brito expressed his "appreciation and satisfaction" with the Vatican's actions, and noted that under international law the Vatican has jurisdiction.