Father Andrea Contin, above, a parish priest in the northern city of Padua in Veneto, is under police investigation following accusations that he organised orgies in his rectory and pimped out up to 15 of his lovers.
According to this report, he is being investigated for of living off “immoral earnings and psychological violence”.
A variety of sex toys and videos, purportedly showing orgies taking place on the San Lazzaro Church premises, were seized after complaints from three female parishioners.
The 48-year-old also allegedly concealed pornographic home videos in covers bearing the names of various popes.
He is accused of farming out some of his lovers to men on wife-swapping websites.
The Priest also allegedly took his female friends for stays at a naturist and swingers resort in Cap d’Agde on the southern French coast.
Complaints were reportedly first made to the local bishop last summer but church authorities did not involve the police, saying they had not yet completed their own investigation.
One 49-year-old church volunteer, who says she had an affair with Father Contin and had sex with him in the Rectory, told Il Mattino di Padova:
There were a lot of women hovering around him. I didn’t understand that at first, only later.
The same news website reported that Father Contin was on holiday in Croatia, where his family visit yearly.
Contin has not been arrested but a prosecutor is investigating the allegations.
Hat tip: Trevor Blake