Former monk convicted of child abuse in Germany

A German court has convicted a former monk and religion teacher of sexually assaulting a boarding student at a Benedictine monastery in the southern state of Bavaria more than a decade ago.

The Munich state court said Wednesday that 46-year-old Juergen R., whose last name wasn't given in accordance with German privacy laws, was sentenced to seven years in prison.

The former monk was defrocked and expelled from the Ettal Abbey monastery, near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, after being found guilty last year of sexually abusing the same victim, now 24, and two others in 2003-2004. He was sentenced to probation in that case.

The current case arose from testimony given in the first, but involved more serious charges from the 2004-2005 school year. The court said the defendant confessed during his trial.