Pannonhalma Benedictine monk won’t be investigated because of statute of limitations

June 29, 2015

Cartoon by Signe Wilkinson
Cartoon by Signe Wilkinson

The Vas County Police Department has announced it will not launch a criminal investigation into a series of “child endangerment” incidents involving a teacher at the Pannonhalma Catholic Boarding School because the statute of limitations has expired.

According to a press release by the police department, school administrators handed over to police all documentation related to the school’s own internal investigation, including statements by victims.

The school announced on May 25 that it had launched an internal investigation last October into incidents which took place more than 10 years ago.

Abbot Asztrik Várszegi of the Pannonhalma boarding school said the incidents involved a teacher (a member of the Benedictine Order) and several children. The suspect of the internal investigation subsequently left the order.

On Friday night, Vas County Police Department press officer Zoltán Takács told Hungary’s state-run media that a criminal investigation would not be launched into the scandalous affair because of the expiry of the statute of limitations.

Takács said that following an ex officio examination to determine whether to open a criminal investigation, the police concluded that a criminal act had been committed but they would not investigate.

Referenced in this article:

Pannonhalmi Whiplash és az elmaradt engesztelődés, Index.hu; 28 June 2015.