The ex-priest, who was expelled from the clergy, had fled Costa Rica because a complaint against him still had criminal repercussions.
The reform was prompted by two men who denounced a Catholic priest for having sexually abused them when they served as altar boys as teenagers.
As part of the event, Vice President Ana Helena Chacón and representatives of all sponsor organizations signed a pact to show their commitment to ending all forms of aggression against children.
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The number of cumulative cases of violence committed against minors in Costa Rica has reached the highest figure in the last five years, according to a report released Thursday morning by the National Children's Hospital. To date, the medical center has registered 2,377 cases of child abuse this year alone.
Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) carried out two early-morning raids last Friday and arrested two minors for allegedly distributing child pornography in Santa Ana, southwest of the capital. Agents arrested a 16-year-old male and a 15-year-old female, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.
"There's no doubt that Savile is one of the most, if not the most, prolific sex offender that we at the NSPCC have ever come across," said Peter Watt, director of child protection at the children's charity.