Agence France-PresseJuly 1, 2013 08:33
A former Austrian priest and headmaster of a monastery boarding school went on trial Monday accused of sexually abusing 15 boys and physically assaulting nine others.
Prosecutors accuse Alfons Mandorfer, 79, now defrocked, of committing "sexual acts of differing intensity" on the pupils between 1973 and 1993 both at the Kremsmuenster school and on foreign trips.
The boys he allegedly abused were often vulnerable and had personal problems, prosecutors charge. He is also accused of whipping them, kicking them and threatening them with a pump-action shotgun.