Vatican arrests former diplomat on child pornography charges

Dayton ISD music teacher, boy scouts leader charged with five counts of child pornography

Last September, the Vatican announced that it had recalled a then-unnamed diplomat from Washington after the U.S. State Department notified it about his "possible violation of laws relating to child pornography images".

"The accused is being detained in a cell in the barracks of the gendarmerie corps", the Vatican said in a statement.

The Vatican statement said Capella, who was recalled from the Vatican embassy in Washington last August, was arrested according to articles of a 2013 law signed by Pope Francis.

A Vatican statement said that an arrest warrant had been issued for Carlo Alberto Capella, which was carried out by the Vatican Gendarmerie.

Capella was immediately ordered back to the Vatican, and the Canadian police issued a nationwide warrant for his arrest the next month.

Daniel Bolino, 57, is charged with 20 counts of possession of child pornography. It was alleged that while at a parish there in December of 2016, Capella had possessed and distributed child pornography. In addition, authorities say he is believed to have been a scout leader with the Boy Scouts of America, and a swim instructor for children for several years.

St. Petersburg police said they worked with the Largo Police Department through the regional Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force during the month-long investigation.

The Diocese of London, Ont., confirmed that it helped investigators who had suspicions of "possible violations of child pornography laws by using a computer address at a local church".

Mgr Capella, 50, was born in Italy and ordained to the priesthood in 1993 for the Archdiocese of Milan.

A state department official told the Washington Post that the USA government had asked for Monsignor Capella's diplomatic immunity be waived so he could be prosecuted in the U.S., but the request was refused.