>> Police and prosecutors in June, staged raids on church offices in Chile seizing documents, phones, tablets, and computers, looking for evidence of sex crimes the church had not reported to police. The raids marked the start of what experts say, is one of the most aggressive investigations ever against the Roman Catholic Church undertaken by a judicial authority.
Heading the probe, 45 year old Emiliano Arias, a Chilean provincial prosecutor, experienced in fighting organised crime. Reuters Correspondent Cassandra Garrison, is in the capital Santiago.>> In an exclusive interview, Arias said his team seized documents containing 30 cases of alleged sexually abuse dating back to 2007 which the church never reported to police.
He also said some local church officials tried to destroy documents, but his team managed to salvage them.>> Arias says he wants to arrest both those who perpetrated the abuse and those who helped cover it up.>> It will also be important to penalize the person responsible for the actual sexual abuse to give protections to the victims to give confidence, of course, but the accessory after the fact in this case is the one who allowed this crimes to continue being committed.
>> The sex abuse scandal in Chile reached a boiling point during Pope Francis's visit in January, when he was greeted by violent protests. Angry Chileans confronted him for being initially dismissive of sexual abuse claims. Soon after, the Pope dispatched an investigator to Chile, who produced a confidential 2,300 page report on the allegations.
After receiving the report, the Vatican summoned all 34 of Chile's bishops to Rome in May, where they all offered to resign. The Pope has so far accepted five resignations and is expected to accept more.