Italian Tourist Arrested in Brazil for Publicly Kissing His Daughter

September 8, 2009

From the Telegraph:

The businessman, 48, who has not been named, was arrested following a complaint from an elderly Brazilian couple who thought he was overly affectionate towards his daughter.

Despite protests from the girl that her father had done nothing wrong, the man is being kept in custody.

The man’s Brazilian wife, who was with them on the Fortaleza beach at the time, also denies any wrongdoing on the part of her husband and said she is astounded at the way he has been treated.

The businessman from Guidonia, near Rome, is facing charges under Brazil’s tough new anti-paedophilia laws passed last month in an attempt to prevent the exploitation of children. The child molestation charges carry a sentence of between eight and 15 years.

A lawyer for the Italian consulate says the arrest is a case of overzealousness on the part of the Brazilian couple and the local police responsible for tackling child prostitution, according to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica.

The Italian consulate has collected several statements testifying to the good character of the businessman.

The Italian man and his family have reportedly been spending their summers in Fortaleza, in north-eastern Brazil, for the last decade.

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