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Three men released over Argentine football child sex abuse

Published : Sunday, 16 September, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 123

Buenos Aires, Sept 15: Three men held for five months over a shocking underage sex abuse scandal in Argentine football have been released, one of the defendants said on Friday.
Referee Martin Bustos, football agent Alberto Ponte, and public relations agent Leonardo Cohen Arazi, all accused of grooming, were released after an appeals court in a southern Buenos Aires neighborhood changed the charges against them from sexual abuse to corruption of minors.
The latter offence carries a minimum penalty of three years but qualifies defendants for parole.
The charges came about after a 17-year-old player at Buenos Aires giants Independiente told a club psychologist he had been encouraged, alongside another 19-year-old player, to prostitute himself to adult men in a trendy Buenos Aires neighborhood.    -AFP




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