Italian Man Jailed in Brazil for Kissing Daughter

Misundertsanding, tough child abuse laws lead to father's lockup

Monday, Sep 7, 2009  |  Updated 10:15 AM EDT
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Italian Man Jailed in Brazil for Kissing Daughter

A misunderstanding a a swimming pool in a brazilian resort has landed an Italian tourist in jail.

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An Italian man vacationing in Brazil is in jail, simply for kissing his own 8-year-old daughter in a hotel swimming pool.

Witnesses, who did not know the girl was the daughter of the 48-year-old man, told cops he touched her in an intimate way. Under a strict new law aimed at fighting child sex abuse, he faces eight to 15 years in jail if convicted. The unnamed man has been in custody for almost a week.

His Brazilian wife says the case is all a misunderstanding, while staff at the resort where the incident took place have been reported as saying they saw nothing unusual. The man was arrested Sept. 2 in the coastal city of Fortaleza, in the north-east of Brazil, where he was on vacation with his wife and daughter.

He was reported to the police by a Brazilian couple who claimed he had been touching a young girl inappropriately and had kissed her on the mouth while they were both at a swimming pool close to the beach in full view of other tourists.

Lawyers for the arrested businessman will try for the second time to win his release on Tuesday.
 

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