Former Belgian monk sentenced for child abuse

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A Belgian court jailed a former monk for abusing two teenage girls while working as a supervisor in a Roman Catholic school, Belga news agency reported on Friday.

Jean-Bernard Pottier lured the girls, who were both 13 at the time of the abuse, into his room and removed his clothes, the court found.

The abuse took place in 2004 and 2006. Pottier was jailed for one year, with a second year suspended.

During his trial in June, Pottier repeatedly fainted every time words such as "young girls" and "abuse" were pronounced, the report said.

Belgium's Catholic Church has been rocked by a Church-backed report detailing hundreds of abuses committed by priests between the 1950s and 1980s that led to 13 suicides.

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